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Prince Eric
Biographical Information
Status: Alive
Origin: Enchanted Forest
Current Home: Maritime Castle (formerly)
Hangman's Island
Physical Description
Species: Human
Gender: Male
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Blue
Current Allies:
Current allies:
Show Information
Portrayed by: Gil McKinney
First appearance: "Ariel"
Latest appearance: "The Jolly Roger"
Latest mention: "Poor Unfortunate Soul"
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You look familiar. Have we met?

—Eric to Ariel src

Prince Eric is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts in the sixth episode of the third season. He is portrayed by guest star Gil McKinney.

Eric is based on the Prince from the fairytale, "The Little Mermaid"; and the character of the same name from the Disney film, The Little Mermaid.


Before First Curse

In the Enchanted Forest, Eric is a prince of the Maritime Kingdom who meets the misfortune of a shipwreck and almost drowns, but is miraculously saved by an unknown savior. Since then, he's been plagued with dreams of that person's face. A year later, Prince Eric attends the year's Under the Sea Celebration paying tribute to the sea goddess Ursula. As he walks in, his attention is instantaneously piqued by a red haired woman from across the room. He smiles at her and she shyly begins making her way over to him, but in the process, stumbles clumsily to the floor. Prince Eric goes to her side to lend a helping hand up.

After learning her name is Ariel, he begins to suspect she looks familiar, and remembers her as the person who saved him from the shipwreck. Ariel refutes this claim; stating she is new in town. To this, Eric imagines perhaps Ursula saved him instead, and sent Ariel. When she shows interest in seeing the world, he invites her to an adventurous expedition to Agrabah, which is setting sail tomorrow. He promises to wait for an answer from her and is hopeful she will say yes. The next morning, he lingers at the balcony hoping to see Ariel, but to his disappointment, she never arrives. ("Ariel", "The Jolly Roger")
After First Curse

In Storybrooke, after Emma breaks the Dark Curse, Eric, like the other many citizens of the town, try to resume normal life. He works regularly as a fisherman at the dock dicing up sea produce. Eric is surprised to see someone he hasn't seen a while, Ariel. Though it's been a long time since either of them saw each other, he shows his true feelings for her with a passionate kiss. They reunite just as a flying ship descends from the sky carrying various townspeople. As Mary Margaret comes down from the ship, she is pleased to see Eric and Ariel are now together after such a long separation. ("The New Neverland")

The residents of Storybrooke face another threat in the form of Peter Pan, who intends on re-cursing everyone and ruling the town on his whims. Regina, as the original caster of the Dark Curse, is able to undo Pan's curse before it takes full effect. As a magical price, Storybrooke's inhabitants return to their former lives in the Enchanted Forest, except for Emma and Henry, who cross out of the town line. ("Going Home")
Before Second Curse
After Regina takes preventive measures to undo Pan's curse, all the inhabitants of Storybrooke pay the price by returning to the Enchanted Forest. Prince Eric is kidnapped by the pirate Black Beard and put on Hangman's Island as a ransom. Ariel attempts to bargain for her beloved's whereabouts, and Black Beard promises to do so when Hook gives up on trying to reclaim the Jolly Roger. Hook refuses, and he pushes Black Beard into the water to his death. Ariel leaves to continue searching on her own; eventually coming across Eric on Hangman's Island where they now live together happily. Due to the island being outside the boundaries of the Dark Curse, Eric and Ariel are unaffected by it. ("The Jolly Roger")


Character Notes

Production Notes

  • Eric is alluded to in the Season Two DVD extra, "Good Morning Storybrooke", when he writes a letter to Dr. Whale saying, "Dear Doctor, I recently found out that my girlfriend is a mermaid. My problem—I'm a leg man. Can we ever be happy?"[4]


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.


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