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Lose one friend, lose all friends, lose yourself.
—Eric
Topanga: Are you gonna surprise us with incredible advice out of your idiot mouth or not?
Eric: I am, yes. Thank you. Now, listen, when I was elected Senator in two-thousand-aught-fifteen, I've come to realize that what might be a clear decision for some is not so clear to me. Look...listen to your heart. Your heart is what's gonna tell you what to do. And then go and find your favorite quiet place. Mine is under the ocean.


Sen. Eric Randall Matthews is a recurring character in Girl Meets World. Eric was also a main character in Boy Meets World.

He is portrayed by Will Friedle.

Information

Eric is the oldest and wackiest son of Amy and Alan Matthews and the older brother to Cory, Morgan, and Joshua Matthews. He is Riley and Auggie's uncle.

Personality

Eric is a goofball and lovable most of time and quite a bit airhead sometimes and now he is an adult and possibly matured a bit but still considered to be the fun uncle in the Matthews family. He is also very epic, awesome and wacky. He is also known by Cory to have good people skills.

Relationships

Family

Main article: The Matthews Family


Cory Matthews

Main article: Cory Matthews
See also: Cory and Eric

Cory is Eric's younger brother. They shared a room for 16 years.

Riley Matthews

Main article: Riley Matthews
See also: Eric and Riley

Riley is Eric's niece.

Auggie Matthews

Main article: Auggie Matthews
See also: Auggie and Eric

Auggie is Eric's nephew.

Alan Matthews

Main article: Alan Matthews

Alan is Eric's father.

Amy Matthews

Main article: Amy Matthews

Amy is Eric's mother.

Morgan Matthews

Main article: Morgan Matthews

Morgan is Eric's younger sister. He affectionately nicknamed her "Weasel."

Joshua Matthews

Main article: Joshua Matthews

Josh is Eric's youngest brother.

Topanga Matthews

Main article: Topanga Matthews

Topanga is Eric's sister-in-law, and friend (after hating her in Angela's Men).

Friends

Jack Hunter

Jack is Eric's best friend from college. Jack always tried to break away from Eric's wacky schemes but never could.

Rachel McGuire

Rachel is Eric's friend from college. He was strongly infatuated with her.

Shawn Hunter

Main article: Shawn Hunter

Shawn is Eric's friend and one time room mate.

George Feeny

Main article: George Feeny

Mr. Feeny is Eric's former teacher, mentor, neighbor, and his lifelong best friend. He was the inspiration of Eric's renowned "Feeny Call."  

Jason Marsden

Jason was Eric's best friend from his early teens; however, he was not seen after he walked out on Eric during their SAT study session in the eleventh grade. It is believed that Eric has not kept in touch with him after John Adams High.

Appearances

Season 2

Season 3

Quotes

Season 2

Girl Meets Mr. Squirrels

My brother.
You may wonder what it is I'm doing here
Now, which one of you is Riley's friend Moesha?
I am not!
Yes, I was elected in a landslide. See, after the landslide, everybody that wasn't killed voted for me.
Mediation. Sitting cross-legged going Ohmmm, Ohmm, my legs are killing me.
The world you say?
Yes, fortunately.
Why doesn't it matter?
I can't hear you.
I still can't hear you! Something's wrong!
You may wonder why I-
I might be done too.
When I finally hear what this argument is about and I fix it all up in like one second. Okay? Yep. Okay, Malala, come here.
Yeah, okay, you know what no one can argue with there, Tomato?
Listen, Riley. Look, in Margie's point of view, right and wrong don't matter.
Thank you, Tuba.
I don't have to look like this. Everybody look at me. Ow!
Anyhoo, I have been summoned. Why have I been brought to here?
There will be no losing friends. Lose one friend. Lose all friends. Lose yourself.
Ypu have a stupid name.
The Jeopardy Guy?
Who is the Jeopardy guy?
It's a lovely little village right on the border of New York and France.
Well then why do they speak French? Why don't they speak Canyadahoo?
It's not pronounced Stupid Town.
St. Upid Town.
I have been summoned.
Hello, niche.
Little Pangers.
Pangers! You're still here.
Okay, you know what, fine. Stay a hobbit.
Yes.
Yeah. I'm not going that again.
Ah, you missed the whole parade.
Thank you, Mordecai.

Girl Meets Mr. Squirrels Goes to Washington

You're right. I don't have the experience you have. But you've been doing this for a very long time, Senator, and we don't see anything getting better. And no, I don't have kids yet. But I care about them very much.
Tommy!
You know, they set us up to lose, Maya.
Of course I know your name. I like you very much.
I'm done. I'm just going home. I'm going to miss you scarecrow, lion, Dorothy, robot. I think I'm gonna miss you most of all.
Wow! Ha-ha. This looks just like Harley Keiner. Oh, Harley Keiner. Mmm, Harley Keiner. If I could do my whole life over again, I would give that guy such a what for. You do. You do look a lot like Harley Keiner. You got like the whole Harley Keiner head and the whole Harley Keiner face. It says Harley on your shirt. Oh, this is terrible.
I'm gonna do my best, Moesha.
Are you a robot?
I'm going to adopt Tommy.
I was hoping you'd say that.
You grew up to be a really good person.
No, I don't. I have a niche and her brother, who's my Cousin Auggie!
That's me niche.
They played me. I'm just supposed to lose.
Yeah, but those guys weren't real!
Well, there's one. Now, how many do we need, robot?
And how many do we have, robot?
Now burn me with your laser eyes. No, don't. Okay, do it. Do it. Do it. No, no. Let's not. Let's not. Okay, phew. You know, we get along really well, don't we, robot?
I'm supposed to.
Never really though of you as a little guy, Harley. You know something, I'm sure this school is really well taken care of.
What's your deal, man with the ideas?
Why would you do that, who are you?
The bow-tie man with the big glasses. He was a whisperer, right. He's one of these whisperers. He came up to me and he was like "ERIC, YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE THAT HAS A CHANCE TO SENATOR JEFFERSON DAVIS GRAHAM IN THE PRIMARY."
I also don't know what a primary is!
I am running for senator of the grape state of New York and I need your votes!
Then uh-oh.
Welcome abroad, PK.
Eric, the bow-tie man said he would help me with that.
So they plucked me off the street and hustled me into a limousine like I was fancy.
I'm really dizzy. I've done this in every classroom

Girl Meets Semi-Formal

And she liked m-
She liked me as a brother.
Yeah, we talk all the time. She and I are still great friends.
Here we are.
No, Jack. I brought you back in time. See look, there's Feeny.
Rachel!
I know what all my friends are doing.
Jack Hunter joined the Peace Corps with Rachel McGuire. She stayed, you left and joined an evil company, and you haven't been the same since.
Jack!
I'm a senator, now. Did you hear?
Probably.
Stand aside, underpants.
You're the brother of a senator now. There's security issues. That's your code name.
Hi, I'm Senator Eric Matthews, and this is my niche, Riley, and her friend, Mayonnaise.
When I was a kid like them, there used to be polar bears all over New York City. But now because of, uh-oh we broke the earth, these bears have been forced to move to places their travel agents told them were colder, but aren't any more. Help me make the right decisions. Let's make the world cold where it's supposed to be. It's the warm thing to do. This message is brought to you by my heart.
Yeah, I gotta go.
92! That's why all the polar bears left. I am the one who global warmed them.
You know what I'm doing right now? Come on, sit down. I'm actually senatoring right now. I'm waiting for some evil guy from some evil company who's going to come in and try to sleaze his way into my pocket to buy my vote.
Because the other company is really environmentally conscious and they save the polar bears. But the evil company is scum who turns clean water into dirty water and hires good looking employees with pocket squares and hair that goes swoosh to hide their company's evil faces.
So, what are you doing here?
So we're still friends? Because I haven't seen you in a really long time.
Why, Agent LaChance, this might just be the start of the best friendship since - Jack, who was that guy I used to know?
And I never got my hummus.
I haven't eaten in three days.
Plus, ever since I was elected, some guy's been stalking me. Oh, he's walking through oorway-day.
Not sure you're aware of this, but there's a lot of people out there that'd like to do me harm.
So, ladies and gentleman, all the way from Kangaroo Town, Sheppard.
I wanted to bring him back to a time when life was a little less complicated.

Trivia

  • Eric was once "played" by Fred Savage, when real-life footage of the Savage brothers were presented as home movies of the Matthews (BMW "Wheels").
  • He traveled the 48 contiguous states over 2 months, during a road trip with his brother Cory in the summer of 1996.
  • He founded the short-lived Pennbrook fraternity, Magnum Pi.
  • He possesses a whip from his grandmother, and a Buck knife from his grandfather.
  • He worked for his father at the Market Giant grocery store, and later the family wilderness equipment shop.
  • He was known for using his younger sister to attract girls.
  • He moved to New York with Shawn, Cory and Topanga after college in the series finale of Boy Meets World.
  • Eric has had physical encounters with WWF (now WWE) wrestlers, Vader and Mankind..
  • He is a funny person and lovable and sometimes considered to be a total airhead.
  • He had a pet cat named Fluffy.
  • He loved Mr. Feeny as he occasionally asked him for help and annoyed him constantly in which Feeny thought he was annoying but a very good person and guided him through life.
  • He became the roommate of Jack Hunter when he started university in 1997.
  • He has a running joke of of mixing up the words of "niece" and "niche", but knew the proper pronunciation and meaning of the word when spending time with Mr. Feeny's niece, Jessica.
  • He temporarily had the ability to predict the future through sneezing.
  • He graduated from Pennbrook University in 2000.
  • He constantly gets Maya's name wrong, although he seems to do it on purpose.
  • He calls Riley "Little Pangers."
  • He now enjoys teasing Topanga by deliberately saying her name wrong.
  • He was the mayor of St. Upidtown, a small town bordering New York and Quebec, although he later won a senatorial campaign and became the junior U.S Senator for the State of New York.
  • During the Primary Debate at JQA, Eric wore a pin of the Italian flag on his lapel.
  • The little boy, Tommy, whom Eric considered adopting in BMW, is also T.J. (Thomas Jonathan) Murphy, who ran Eric's senatorial campaign.
  • Eric doesn't like to be called "Coco".
  • On October 26, 2016, Senator Eric Matthews released a campaign video on YouTube announcing his candidacy for President of the United States. 

Gallery

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The image gallery for Eric Matthews may be viewed here.


Videos

ERIC MATTHEWS FOR PRESIDENT01:28

ERIC MATTHEWS FOR PRESIDENT

Boy Meets World - Eric The Lobster - Official Disney Channel UK HD01:20

Boy Meets World - Eric The Lobster - Official Disney Channel UK HD

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