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The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time 

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Updated October 29, 2019 ยท 4:57pm PDT 66.7k votes 5.1k voters 41.6k views 156 items

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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Michael Scott is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Office
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Elliot Stabler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
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Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones
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Glenn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead
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Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
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NCIS
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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
The X-Files
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Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
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Grey's Anatomy
9
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
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Supernatural
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Eric Forman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
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That '70s Show
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Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Grey's Anatomy
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Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead
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Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones
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Lt. Colonel Henry Blake ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
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M*A*S*H
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Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
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Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
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Grey's Anatomy
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Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
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Lost
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Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
All in the Family
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Barney Fife is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
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The New Andy Griffith Show, The Andy Griffith Show, The Joey Bishop Show
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Michael Kelso is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added
That '70s Show
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Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
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bones
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Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
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8 Simple Rules
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Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
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Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The X-Files
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Matthew Crawley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Downton Abbey