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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1,280 484
Elliot Stabler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

2
1,263 413
Michael Scott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Office

3
911 428
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

4
880 467
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
estewiccancis added NCIS

5
750 307
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead

6
650 400
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

7
649 389
Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The X-Files

8
552 280
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
729 433
Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

10
325 137
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Jhantara Decker added Supernatural

11
586 364
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
696 411
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead

13
749 457
Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Grey's Anatomy

14
455 232
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
460 323
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
carlybobarly added Lost

16
552 377
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

17
478 329
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
All in the Family

18
387 203
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added bones

19
379 217
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
371 226
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
402 287
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
266 324
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

23
268 170
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
344 271
Mike Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Spin City

25
573 465
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Two and a Half Men

26
389 322
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The X-Files

27
535 382
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Grey's Anatomy

28
278 218
Chef is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Tom Islava added South Park

29
242 275
Matthew Crawley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Downton Abbey

30
221 182
Edna Krabappel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added The Simpsons

31
343 299
Richard Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, Happy Days

32
272 203
Beth Greene is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Cynthia Colston added The Walking Dead

33
236 142
Lennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
clash1977 added Law & Order

34
213 162
Radar O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added W*A*L*T*E*R, M*A*S*H

35
460 365
Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

36
347 326
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

37
330 298
Oberyn Martell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

38
316 303
Trapper John McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Trapper John, M.D.

39
113 61
Poussey Washington is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
go_sullivan added Poussey Washington

40
309 334
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

41
157 65
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
brody-tripp added Grey's Anatomy

42
173 150
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
194 145
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
drumund added Doctor Who

44
200 180
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
166 236
Lady Sybil Crawley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Downton Abbey

46
247 289
Rita Bennett is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added Dexter

47
155 156
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
201 143
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
168 151
Ninth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
thousandheads added Doctor Who

50
181 167
Zack Addy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added bones