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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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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1,174 387
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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850 406
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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847 442
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
estewiccancis added Ziva David NCIS

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

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

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

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699 411
Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Gil Grissom CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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510 256
Eric Forman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Eric Forman That '70s Show

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Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Hershel Greene The Walking Dead

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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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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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282 115
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Jhantara Decker added Bobby Singer Supernatural

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

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

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Michael Kelso is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Michael Kelso That '70s Show

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505 354
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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341 207
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Lexie Grey Grey's Anatomy

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381 268
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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Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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249 153
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Paul Hennessy 8 Simple Rules

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547 442
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Charlie Harper Two and a Half Men

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327 258
Mike Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Mike Flaherty Spin City

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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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256 198
Chef is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Tom Islava added Chef South Park

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

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227 255
Matthew Crawley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Matthew Crawley Downton Abbey

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205 163
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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Radar O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Richard Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Richard Cunningham The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, Happy Days

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Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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Beth Greene is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Cynthia Colston added Beth Greene The Walking Dead

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Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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Lennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
clash1977 added Lennie Briscoe Law & Order

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

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

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

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Catherine Willows is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Catherine Willows CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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

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Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
brody-tripp added Cristina Yang Grey's Anatomy

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178 125
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
drumund added Rose Tyler Doctor Who

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

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

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142 142
Sara Sidle is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Sara Sidle CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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Zack Addy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Zack Addy bones

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Will Gardner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Will Gardner The Good Wife

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Ninth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
thousandheads added Ninth Doctor Doctor Who