Fictional Characters The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time  

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List Rules Only TV characters that fundamentally changed the show by being written off, and the show continued without them.

We all remember losing our favorite characters -- Elliot Stabler (Law & Order SVU), Mark Greene (ER), Diane Chambers (Cheers), Fox Mulder (The X Files), Kalinda Sharma and Will Gardner (The Good Wife), Mathew Crawley (Downton Abbey) and practically everyone we started to emotionally invest in on Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead. They get killed off, leave town, die of a terminal illness, get kidnapped, or sometimes just get transported to another world. Regardless of how they were written off (or why the actor chose to leave), they leave a gaping void in the show they built. This list is about ranking the greatest losses, whether the characters were good or evil. We wish the characters would have stayed because there were so many more stories to tell. Without them, the TV show went on but was never quite the same. 
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1,312 507
Elliot Stabler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

2
1,318 430
Michael Scott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Office

3
958 441
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

4
791 316
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead

5
897 488
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
estewiccancis added NCIS

6
659 417
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

7
667 400
Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The X-Files

8
569 295
Eric Forman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added That '70s Show

9
739 446
Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

10
342 148
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Jhantara Decker added Supernatural

11
718 422
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead

12
604 377
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added M*A*S*H

13
770 473
Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Grey's Anatomy

14
477 242
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Grey's Anatomy

15
574 388
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

16
473 334
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
carlybobarly added Lost

17
486 339
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
All in the Family

18
400 213
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added bones

19
389 233
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Grey's Anatomy

20
386 228
Michael Kelso is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added That '70s Show

21
413 296
Barney Fife is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
murphycat added The New Andy Griffith Show, The Andy Griffith Show, The Joey Bishop Show

22
269 334
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

23
281 176
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added 8 Simple Rules

24
589 475
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Two and a Half Men

25
347 279
Mike Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
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