TV 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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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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763 303
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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459 172
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Glenn The Walking Dead

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644 295
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Ned Stark Game of Thrones

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684 340
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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349 141
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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581 316
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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516 274
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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536 290
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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451 252
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 10 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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484 292
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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244 104
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Dr Lance Sweets bones

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233 109
Michael Kelso is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Michael Kelso That '70s Show

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509 349
Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dr. Derek Shepherd Grey's Anatomy

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146 41
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Jhantara Decker added Bobby Singer Supernatural

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363 237
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Edith Bunker All in the Family

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388 260
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Robb Stark Game of Thrones

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221 118
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Sgt. Abraham Ford The Walking Dead

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461 336
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Charlie Harper Two and a Half Men

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239 138
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy

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301 203
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

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315 224
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
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371 283
Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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365 287
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
George O'Malley Grey's Anatomy

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199 127
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Lexie Grey Grey's Anatomy

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176 107
Beth Greene is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Cynthia Colston added Beth Greene The Walking Dead

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303 241
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dana Scully The X-Files

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261 201
Mike Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Mike Flaherty Spin City

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158 96
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
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Radar O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 30 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

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174 123
Chef is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Tom Islava added Chef South Park

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134 83
Lennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
clash1977 added Lennie Briscoe Law & Order

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266 233
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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240 211
Oberyn Martell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Oberyn Martell Game of Thrones

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133 93
Edna Krabappel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Edna Krabappel The Simpsons

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245 222
Trapper John McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Trapper John McIntyre Trapper John, M.D.

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112 83
Catherine Willows is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Catherine Willows CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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106 80
Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 38 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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97 69
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
drumund added Rose Tyler Doctor Who

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238 243
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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114 93
Zack Addy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Zack Addy bones

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227 247
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

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103 88
Caitlin Todd is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Caitlin Todd

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

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91 74
Ninth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
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209 232
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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188 209
Rita Bennett is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added Rita Bennett Dexter

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91 86
Sara Sidle is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Sara Sidle CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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90 86
Joyce Summers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
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89 86
Sharona Fleming is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Sharona Fleming Monk