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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1,265 472
Elliot Stabler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

2
1,234 403
Michael Scott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Office

3
889 415
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

4
868 455
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
estewiccancis added NCIS

5
726 291
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead

6
639 389
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

7
641 375
Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The X-Files

8
538 270
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
714 424
Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

10
310 125
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Jhantara Decker added Supernatural

11
577 354
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added M*A*S*H

12
682 401
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead

13
736 445
Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Grey's Anatomy

14
440 222
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
377 187
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added bones

16
470 320
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
All in the Family

17
444 313
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
carlybobarly added Lost

18
531 366
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

19
374 205
Michael Kelso is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added That '70s Show

20
359 216
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Grey's Anatomy

21
394 280
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
261 314
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

23
259 163
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
567 454
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Two and a Half Men

25
336 267
Mike Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Spin City

26
382 313
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The X-Files

27
270 209
Chef is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Tom Islava added South Park

28
522 374
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Grey's Anatomy

29
235 264
Matthew Crawley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Downton Abbey

30
216 173
Edna Krabappel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added The Simpsons

31
264 190
Beth Greene is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Cynthia Colston added The Walking Dead

32
211 154
Radar O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added W*A*L*T*E*R, M*A*S*H

33
335 294
Richard Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, Happy Days

34
228 137
Lennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
clash1977 added Law & Order

35
455 355
Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

36
342 314
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

37
319 289
Oberyn Martell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

38
308 296
Trapper John McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Trapper John, M.D.

39
106 52
Poussey Washington is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
go_sullivan added Poussey Washington

40
147 55
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
brody-tripp added Grey's Anatomy

41
300 324
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

42
167 144
Catherine Willows is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

43
187 135
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
drumund added Doctor Who

44
196 171
Mrs. Wolowitz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added The Big Bang Theory

45
245 278
Rita Bennett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added Dexter

46
160 228
Lady Sybil Crawley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Downton Abbey

47
149 148
Sara Sidle is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

48
193 134
Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Tom Islava added Walt Disney The Wonderful World of Disney

49
164 143
Ninth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
thousandheads added Doctor Who

50
177 158
Zack Addy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added bones