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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807 317
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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482 190
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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665 308
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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703 355
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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362 154
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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596 329
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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526 287
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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546 307
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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463 263
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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505 300
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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259 116
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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164 50
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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529 361
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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243 122
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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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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259 147
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy

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396 272
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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473 347
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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230 130
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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306 212
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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384 290
Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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326 235
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
carlybobarly added Charlie Pace Lost

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381 297
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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214 136
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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171 103
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Paul Hennessy 8 Simple Rules

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310 248
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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184 119
Beth Greene is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Cynthia Colston added Beth Greene The Walking Dead

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268 209
Mike Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Mike Flaherty Spin City

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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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147 88
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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185 133
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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146 100
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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271 242
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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249 221
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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253 232
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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110 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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119 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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114 88
Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 39 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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246 252
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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123 102
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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128 114
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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232 256
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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108 100
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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214 244
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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100 93
Joyce Summers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Joyce Summers

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195 221
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 95
Sara Sidle is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Sara Sidle CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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173 205
Matthew Crawley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Matthew Crawley Downton Abbey