Most shows are marketed uniquely. In a lot of cases, they draw us in with the storyline, but we stay for the characters. Not all of those characters stick around for long, for better or worse. It gets so bad sometimes that people completely drop the show from their watch list, never to be revisited.
But that is why we watch TV -- the excitement and the characters who serve as surrogates for our imaginations. So, when the time comes for a character to make her exit, it is more often than not because of a carefully crafted reason, and the audience is left to either mourn or rejoice, depending on their perception of the character.
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In the chaos of all the departures and entrances, some characters get lost in the shuffle, and we are left to wonder where they are or what happened to them. We have selected 19 of those characters who were dropped for one reason or the other and never returned!
Patty Spivot (The Flash)
Patty wasn't a terrible character by any stretch. She was being mentored by Joe West and her relationship with Barry was adorable, but the people in charge saw her as more of an obstacle on Barry's path to Iris. They decided to snatch this character from us by having her go back to school to become a CSI, but not before she tricked Barry into revealing his identity as The Flash as a giant middle finger directed at him and his friends.
Alex (Fear The Walking Dead)
We first met this character when she was tending to her injured friend. For those who followed the companion web series, then your introduction to the character came even earlier. An Emmy was won for her portrayal too. She was abandoned at sea by Strand and the others, and she held on to that grudge until she joined a band of pirates who helped her capture Travis. Travis and his friends escape not long after, and she has been absent ever since.
Fiona Larkin (Sons Of Anarchy)
SAMCRO owes a lot to Chibs, and he was a major player for the whole duration of the show, so it was inevitable we were going to meet his estranged wife, Fiona, who was as dangerous as they come. We were given snippets into her backstory and how she played a vital role in the IRA. After all these, they suddenly start to chip away at her screentime until she completely faded into the background.
Mark Brendanawicz (Parks And Recreation)
After Mark switched jobs at the end of the second season, it was clearly being set up to be a situation where he pops in and out of the show depending on when and where the story needed him. It didn't work out that way. Instead, there was no reference of him made for the rest of the show's time on air, he was even cut out of flashbacks.
Cora Hale (Teen Wolf)
Wait! Derek has a sister? Any recollection anyone might have of her is vague at best because she left almost as abruptly as she showed up. It probably had to do with the actress who played the part landing the lead role in the now-canceled reign on The CW. Still, recasting a character isn't a new thing, and it certainly would've been better than the vanishing act they pulled with the character.
Heath (The Walking Dead)
Alexandria's expert in supply runs, or at least that's what they made us believe. Heath and Tara rode out in search of guns and ammo but ran into trouble (shocker!). Somehow, Tara safely made it back to camp, but he didn't. It would've been easier if he had been eaten by walkers, but apparently, he's still out there. No one was bothered enough to go looking for him, and that probably hurt his feelings so much he decided not to come back and help them fight the saviors.