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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1
1,273 483
Elliot Stabler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

2
1,259 410
Michael Scott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Office

3
908 424
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

4
878 465
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
estewiccancis added NCIS

5
747 303
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead

6
647 398
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

7
647 387
Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The X-Files

8
548 279
Eric Forman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added That '70s Show

9
726 432
Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

10
322 134
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Jhantara Decker added Supernatural

11
584 363
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added M*A*S*H

12
690 410
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead

13
748 454
Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Grey's Anatomy

14
454 228
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Grey's Anatomy

15
457 321
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
carlybobarly added Lost

16
549 373
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

17
386 199
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added bones

18
475 329
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
All in the Family

19
378 214
Michael Kelso is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added That '70s Show

20
370 222
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Grey's Anatomy

21
399 286
Barney Fife is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
murphycat added The New Andy Griffith Show, The Andy Griffith Show, The Joey Bishop Show

22
262 323
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

23
265 168
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added 8 Simple Rules

24
569 464
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Two and a Half Men

25
340 271
Mike Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Spin City

26
387 320
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The X-Files

27
531 379
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Grey's Anatomy

28
274 216
Chef is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Tom Islava added South Park

29
240 272
Matthew Crawley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Downton Abbey

30
219 180
Edna Krabappel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added The Simpsons

31
270 200
Beth Greene is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Cynthia Colston added The Walking Dead

32
339 299
Richard Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, Happy Days

33
212 159
Radar O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added W*A*L*T*E*R, M*A*S*H

34
233 141
Lennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
clash1977 added Law & Order

35
460 360
Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

36
347 322
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

37
327 294
Oberyn Martell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

38
314 301
Trapper John McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Trapper John, M.D.

39
111 58
Poussey Washington is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
go_sullivan added Poussey Washington

40
155 61
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
brody-tripp added Grey's Anatomy

41
308 330
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

42
172 148
Catherine Willows is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

43
193 141
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
drumund added Doctor Who

44
200 176
Mrs. Wolowitz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added The Big Bang Theory

45
164 233
Lady Sybil Crawley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Downton Abbey

46
246 286
Rita Bennett is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added Dexter

47
153 154
Sara Sidle is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

48
199 141
Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Tom Islava added Walt Disney The Wonderful World of Disney

49
167 149
Ninth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
thousandheads added Doctor Who

50
181 164
Zack Addy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added bones