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

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

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Eric Forman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Eric Forman That '70s Show

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

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Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Hershel Greene The Walking Dead

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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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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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Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy

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

The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles

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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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Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Dr Lance Sweets bones

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

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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

The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Charlie Harper Two and a Half Men

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

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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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Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dana Scully The X-Files

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Mike Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Mike Flaherty Spin City

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Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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Lennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
clash1977 added Lennie Briscoe Law & Order

8 TV Actors Who Turned Out Just Like Their Characters

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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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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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Richie Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
brody-tripp added Cristina Yang Grey's Anatomy

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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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Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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Trapper John McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Trapper John McIntyre Trapper John, M.D.

The Best Fake Words From The Simpsons

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Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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

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Matthew Crawley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Matthew Crawley Downton Abbey

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Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
drumund added Rose Tyler Doctor Who

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Catherine Willows is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Catherine Willows CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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Beth Greene is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Cynthia Colston added Beth Greene The Walking Dead

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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

List of Endocrine Disorders

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Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 43 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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Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

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Zack Addy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Zack Addy bones

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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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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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Ninth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
thousandheads added Ninth Doctor Doctor Who

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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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Poussey Washington is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
go_sullivan added Poussey Washington