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This article focuses on Eric's Enchanted Forest persona. For his Storybrooke counterpart, see Eric.
Prince Eric
Enchanted Forest Character
Biographical Information
Counterpart: Eric
Status: Alive
Home: Marine Kingdom (formerly)

Hangman's Island

Affiliation: Hero
Physical Description
Species: Human
Gender: Male
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Blue
Current Allies:
Show Information
Portrayed by: Gil McKinney
First appearance: "Ariel"
Latest appearance: "The Jolly Roger"
Relevant Pages

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, and is the Enchanted Forest counterpart of Eric.

Eric is based on the Prince from the fairytale, "The Little Mermaid".


In the Enchanted Forest, Eric is prince 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, 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")

For events occurring after the casting of the Dark Curse, see Eric.

For events occurring before the undoing of Pan's curse, see Eric.

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. ("The Jolly Roger")


  • The name "Eric" is of Old Norse origin dervied from the words "ei" and "íkr" that respectively mean "ever" and "ruler".[1]



Start a Discussion Discussions about Prince Eric

  • What do you think it's gonna happened with Ariel and Eric in the second half of the season ?

    5 messages
    • AppleTree23 wrote:you see Ariel get married in TLM, Princess Di like dress and all.  Hopefully, OUaT will give Ariel a nicer wedding gown.... ...
    • I don't know who wrote it but, on the Season 3 page, in the "Potential Storyline Information" section one of them says: "The season finale w...
  • Eric's likes

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    • ChocolatEyes613 wrote:XxBadWolfxX wrote: A fishmonger meaning he runs the sardine cannery? O: Yup.... or he runs the Storybrooke fish sto...
    • XxBadWolfxX wrote: A fishmonger meaning he runs the sardine cannery? O: Looks like I was right, about Eric's profession  in Storybrooke. No...
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