Not a lot of people know who this is, but those of you who do,
I never liked Eric. He wasn't very well drawn and his character was just so boring! Here's the things I know about Eric: He's a prince, he plays the flute, he's a part-time sailor...
That's it! Nothing about his personality or where he came from or likes or anything! And the sequence where they supposedly fell in love was just one date! Really. Don't get me wrong, I love the movie, one of my top three of the disney franchise but I don't like Eric. The Little Mermaid series is one of my favorites, I grew up watching it, and I even still remember thinking that I wished she'd stayed in the ocean with Urchin instead. I know he's younger in the series but really, she was sixteen in the movie so he can't have been more than two or three years younger. Not uncommon for most couples.
The story behind this could actually be one of those 'the grass isn't always greener' stories I guess, might do a little one later if I'm still on this kick.
If you still haven't guessed who he is, it's Urchin, the little orphan boy from the Little Mermaid Tv show.