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

The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles The Best Anime Series of All Time

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827 320
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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496 194
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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678 312
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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711 358
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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368 159
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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599 332
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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534 290
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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554 310
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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468 266
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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271 118
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Dr Lance Sweets bones

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510 304
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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171 53
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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541 362
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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249 123
Michael Kelso is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Michael Kelso That '70s Show

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Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy

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376 247
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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401 275
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Robb Stark Game of Thrones

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477 351
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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233 131
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Sgt. Abraham Ford The Walking Dead

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309 215
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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332 237
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
carlybobarly added Charlie Pace Lost

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386 292
Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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219 138
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Lexie Grey Grey's Anatomy

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384 299
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
George O'Malley Grey's Anatomy

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188 120
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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314 249
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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171 105
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Paul Hennessy 8 Simple Rules

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158 94
Radar O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 29 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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Mike Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Mike Flaherty Spin City

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148 89
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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189 134
Chef is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Tom Islava added Chef South Park

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148 101
Edna Krabappel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Edna Krabappel The Simpsons

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273 242
Richie Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 34 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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255 222
Oberyn Martell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Oberyn Martell Game of Thrones

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256 232
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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115 77
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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120 92
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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127 102
Zack Addy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Zack Addy bones

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115 88
Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 40 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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247 252
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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129 114
Mrs. Wolowitz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Mrs. Wolowitz The Big Bang Theory

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234 259
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

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Ninth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
thousandheads added Ninth Doctor Doctor Who

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109 101
Caitlin Todd is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Caitlin Todd

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216 244
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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101 95
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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196 223
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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100 94
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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176 206
Matthew Crawley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Matthew Crawley Downton Abbey