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

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972 351
Michael Scott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Michael Scott The Office

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763 356
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Ned Stark Game of Thrones

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587 232
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Glenn The Walking Dead

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776 395
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
estewiccancis added Ziva David NCIS

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433 205
Eric Forman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Eric Forman That '70s Show

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649 368
Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Gil Grissom CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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578 325
Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Fox Mulder The X-Files

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601 346
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Hershel Greene The Walking Dead

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554 337
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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513 302
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added Lt. Colonel Henry Blake M*A*S*H

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620 392
Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dr. Derek Shepherd Grey's Anatomy

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341 173
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy

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223 82
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Jhantara Decker added Bobby Singer Supernatural

The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles

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315 148
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Dr Lance Sweets bones

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293 153
Michael Kelso is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Michael Kelso That '70s Show

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411 280
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Edith Bunker All in the Family

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279 168
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Lexie Grey Grey's Anatomy

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446 318
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Robb Stark Game of Thrones

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375 270
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
carlybobarly added Charlie Pace Lost

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340 242
Barney Fife is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
murphycat added Barney Fife The New Andy Griffith Show, The Andy Griffith Show, The Joey Bishop Show

The Most Annoying TV and Film Characters Ever

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506 401
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Charlie Harper Two and a Half Men

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441 331
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
George O'Malley Grey's Anatomy

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418 317
Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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206 128
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Paul Hennessy 8 Simple Rules

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340 274
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dana Scully The X-Files

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292 234
Mike Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Mike Flaherty Spin City

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180 122
Radar O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Radar O'Reilly W*A*L*T*E*R, M*A*S*H

8 TV Actors Who Turned Out Just Like Their Characters

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219 167
Chef is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Tom Islava added Chef South Park

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180 131
Edna Krabappel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Edna Krabappel The Simpsons

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169 114
Lennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
clash1977 added Lennie Briscoe Law & Order

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214 157
Beth Greene is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Cynthia Colston added Beth Greene The Walking Dead

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286 267
Richie Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Richie Cunningham The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, Happy Days

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290 275
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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273 265
Trapper John McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Trapper John McIntyre Trapper John, M.D.

The Funniest Female TV Characters

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279 257
Oberyn Martell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Oberyn Martell Game of Thrones

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150 106
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
drumund added Rose Tyler Doctor Who

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142 116
Catherine Willows is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Catherine Willows CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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149 110
Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Tom Islava added Walt Disney The Wonderful World of Disney

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76 27
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
brody-tripp added Cristina Yang Grey's Anatomy

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161 140
Mrs. Wolowitz is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Mrs. Wolowitz The Big Bang Theory

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155 129
Zack Addy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Zack Addy bones

List of Endocrine Disorders

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229 271
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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199 232
Matthew Crawley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Matthew Crawley Downton Abbey

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259 289
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

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123 116
Sara Sidle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Sara Sidle CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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132 111
Ninth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
thousandheads added Ninth Doctor Doctor Who

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218 247
Rita Bennett is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added Rita Bennett Dexter

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118 117
Joyce Summers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Joyce Summers

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125 128
Caitlin Todd is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Caitlin Todd