NCIS, the long-running police procedural show, has captured the hearts of viewers with its clever cases, witty humor, and a remarkable cast, including Mark Harmon as Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Over the years, the series has seen numerous characters come and go, but certain exits have left a profound impact on fans. Here are the 8 saddest character exits from NCIS, ranked.

8. Special Agent Ziva David
Former Mossad Agent Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) joined the team in season 3 and her enigmatic character quickly became a fan favorite. After being presumed dead, Ziva returned in season 16, revealing she had faked her own death. Her exit was an emotional rollercoaster for viewers.

7. Abigail Scuito
Abby Scuito (Pauley Perrette) was NCIS’s Chief Forensic Scientist with a bubbly personality and gothic style. Her departure at the end of season 15 left a significant void that no one could fill.

6. Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo
Special Agent Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) was known for his humor and pop culture references. His decision to leave NCIS to become a full-time father to Ziva’s daughter was a touching exit for fans.

5. Director Jennifer Shepard
Director Jenny Shepard (Lauren Holly) had a romantic history with Gibbs. Her pursuit of the truth about her father’s death led to her demise in season 12. Holly’s exit was partly due to her desire for new challenges.

4. Ned Dornget
Special Probationary Agent Ned Dornget (Matt Jones) endeared himself to fans before a selfless act led to his tragic death during a bomb attack in season 12.

3. Clayton Reeves
MI6 Agent Clayton Reeves (Duane Henry) became part of the team in season 13 but was killed while protecting Abby Scuito in season 15, following the unexpected passing of NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg.

2. Special Agent Caitlin Todd
Special Agent Kate Todd (Sasha Alexander) was a beloved character who met a tragic end in season 2, greatly affecting fans. Sasha Alexander returned for guest appearances to provide closure for the character.

1. Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Mark Harmon’s decision to retire his iconic role as Leroy Jethro Gibbs after 18 years on the show in 2021 had a profound impact on NCIS. Gibbs’s retirement in season 19 left an undeniable void, changing the show’s dynamic significantly, and for many devoted fans, the series hasn’t been the same without him.

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