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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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874 333
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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716 330
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Ned Stark Game of Thrones

4
535 210
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Glenn The Walking Dead

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736 370
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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392 177
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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619 347
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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551 304
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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570 326
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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524 319
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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479 280
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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576 374
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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288 131
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Dr Lance Sweets bones

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192 64
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Jhantara Decker added Bobby Singer Supernatural

48 Famous Couples with Huge Age Differences

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267 132
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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300 160
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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391 259
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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423 292
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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352 251
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
carlybobarly added Charlie Pace Lost

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488 369
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Charlie Harper Two and a Half Men

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249 150
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Lexie Grey Grey's Anatomy

8 TV Actors Who Turned Out Just Like Their Characters

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316 227
Barney Fife is listed (or ranked) 22 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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410 312
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
George O'Malley Grey's Anatomy

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396 303
Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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187 113
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Paul Hennessy 8 Simple Rules

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325 260
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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276 221
Mike Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Mike Flaherty Spin City

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165 105
Radar O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 28 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

The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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199 147
Chef is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Tom Islava added Chef South Park

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160 113
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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196 137
Beth Greene is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Cynthia Colston added Beth Greene The Walking Dead

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277 254
Richie Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 32 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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152 101
Lennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
clash1977 added Lennie Briscoe Law & Order

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262 246
Trapper John McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Trapper John McIntyre Trapper John, M.D.

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266 237
Oberyn Martell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Oberyn Martell Game of Thrones

The Best Disney Princess Movies

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270 261
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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131 103
Catherine Willows is listed (or ranked) 37 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 90
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
drumund added Rose Tyler Doctor Who

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218 257
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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143 126
Mrs. Wolowitz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Mrs. Wolowitz The Big Bang Theory

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137 113
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 99
Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Tom Islava added Walt Disney The Wonderful World of Disney

The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles

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248 272
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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183 216
Matthew Crawley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Matthew Crawley Downton Abbey

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113 104
Sara Sidle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Sara Sidle CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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207 236
Rita Bennett is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added Rita Bennett Dexter

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116 112
Caitlin Todd is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Caitlin Todd

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108 103
Joyce Summers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Joyce Summers

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115 96
Ninth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
thousandheads added Ninth Doctor Doctor Who

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45 16
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
brody-tripp added Cristina Yang Grey's Anatomy