Eric is is a fictional character and the main male protagonist of the Disney animated movie The Little Mermaid. He is the son-in-law of King Triton and the late Queen Athena, the husband of Ariel, and also the father of Melody.
Eric is a kind gentleman who helped educate Ariel in life above the sea. Although he was mesmerized by Ursula's spell, Eric still remembered how Ariel had helped him. It is for this memory that Eric loves Ariel. Prince Eric is also very brave, willing to take on the great sea witch, Ursula, by himself if it means saving Ariel. Finally, Eric is adamantly loyal to Ariel. This is seen after Sora completes Ursula's Revenge, when Eric is willing to learn how to swim in order to be with Ariel.
Eric was rescued from drowning by Ariel. When she was turned into a human, Eric clothed her and invited her to his palace. They fell in love. He married her, and eventually, he became King Eric II of Disney World, Ariel is queen. The two eventually had a daughter named Melody.