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Eric Matthews is the older brother of Cory Matthews, Morgan Matthews, and Joshua Matthews, uncle of Riley Matthews and Auggie Matthews, brother-in-law of Topanga Matthews, and the oldest son of Alan and Amy Matthews. He is one of the four central characters of Boy Meets World and a recurring character on Girl Meets World.

Family

Mother: Amy Matthews
Father: Alan Matthews
Siblings: Cory Matthews (brother), Morgan Matthews (sister), and Joshua Matthews (brother)
Grandmothers: Bernice Matthews (paternal) and Nana Boo Boo (maternal)
Grandfathers: Poppy
Aunts: An unnamed paternal aunt
Other: Riley Matthews (niece) and Auggie Matthews (nephew)

Series Info

  • In An Affair to Forget, it is learned that Eric's birthday is June 24, 1978. However, in the season 3 episode Stormy Weather, he celebrates his 18th birthday in the winter. This is a continuity error.
  • Went to John Adams High during the first few seasons.
  • Had many schemes with Jason, much like Cory and Shawn in the later years.
  • Struggled with the SATs, getting a poor grade and unable to get into college as a result of it.
  • Went on a cross-country road trip with Cory between seasons 3 and 4.
  • Stayed at home, remaining a townie during season 4.
  • Found the motivation to retake the SATs and reattempt getting into college in Security Guy and got a 1120, 200 points higher than his first score.
  • Was accepted to Pennbrook.
  • Became the roommate of Jack Hunter when he started attending Pennbrook.
  • Became the roommate of Rachel McGuire at the beginning of season 6, starting a competition for her affections with Jack.
  • Ultimately gave up on competing for Rachel, and moved out of the apartment.
  • Stayed in Mr. Feeny's car between seasons 6 and 7 without Feeny knowing.
  • Moved in to Topanga and Angela's old, girls dormroom in For Love and Apartments.
  • Actually highly intelligent and can get passing grades in his sleep (in fact, he once did), but due to his laziness and immaturity he is never able to make anything of himself academically.
  • Gradually became more and more insane as the seasons progressed, especially in season 7.
  • Moved to New York City with Cory, Shawn, and Topanga after graduating from Pennbrook.

Notes

  • Eric has made several prank items. Such as:
    • Dummy Cory
    • Eric Doll
    • Feeny Puppet
    • Giant Underpants

Alternate Personalities

  • 50's Eric (I Was a Teenage Spy)
  • Good Looking Guy (Hair Today, Goon Tomorrow)
  • WWII Eric (No Guts, No Cory)
  • Christmas Future Eric (A Very Topanga Christmas)
  • Amish Eric (No Such Thing As A Sure Thing)
  • Manager of the Philadelphia Victorian Hotel (It's About Time)
  • Chantal DuBois (What a Drag!)
  • Plays With Squirrels (Seven the Hard Way)
  • Gumshoe (As Time Goes By)
  • Jonathan Cumberland (Everybody Loves Stuart)
  • Dr. Shapiro

Trivia

  • He mentally refers to himself as Kyle.[1]
  • Was once "portrayed" by Fred Savage when Alan watches old home movies (of real-life Ben) featuring younger Cory.
  • In The Last Temptation of Cory, Eric thinks his middle name is Neil. By Everybody Loves Stuart, he seems to think it is Jonathan, while Jack states it is Randall.
  • Eric frequently has trouble with the word niche, mixing it up with "niece."
    • In Eric Hollywood, he says "niece" when he means "niche."
    • In I'm Gonna Be Like You, Dad, Eric again uses "niece" when he means "niche."
    • In Seven the Hard Way (as Plays With Squirrels), he uses the word "niche" when he means "niece."
      • After the second two times, Eric indicated that Mr. Feeny, who had corrected him, had been drinking.
  • Eric prefers not to wear pants, as demonstrated in The Witches of Pennbrook and Hogs and Kisses.
  • Eric is an Ansel Adams fan.[2]
  • When he was 15, Eric put a waffle in the computer, breaking it
  • In The Truth About Honesty, he mentions to his date that he is Batman. This relates to the fact that Will Friedle was the voice of Batman in Batman Beyond.
  • Eric mentions numerous times he wants to be a weatherman.[3]
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Media
Boy Meets World
Characters
Main: Cory MatthewsGeorge FeenyAmy MatthewsEric MatthewsShawn HunterStuart MinkusMorgan MatthewsAlan MatthewsTopanga LawrenceJonathan TurnerEli WilliamsJack HunterAngela MooreRachel McGuireJoshua Matthews

Recurring: Chet Hunter • Frankie Stechino • Joey Epstein • Harley Keiner • Griff Hawkins • Jedidiah and Rhiannon Lawrence • Jason Marsden • Janitor Bud • Lila Bolander

Episodes
Season One: Boy Meets WorldOn the FenceFather Knows LessCory's Alternative FriendsKiller BeesBoys II MensaGrandma Was a Rolling StoneTeacher's BetClass Pre-UnionSanta's Little HelperThe Father/Son GameOnce in Love with AmyShe Loves Me, She Loves Me NotThe B-Team of LifeModel FamilyRisky BusinessThe FugitiveIt's a Wonderful NightKid GlovesThe Play's the ThingBoy Meets GirlI Dream of Feeny

Season Two: Back 2 SchoolPairing OffNotoriousMe and Mr. JoadThe UninvitedWho's Afraid of Cory Wolf?Wake Up, Little CoryBand on the RunFear Strikes OutSister TheresaThe BeardTurnaroundCyranoI Am Not a CrookBreaking up is Really, Really Hard to DoDanger BoyOn the AirBy Hook or By CrookWrong Side of the TracksPop QuizThe Thrilla in PhilaCareer DayHome
Season Three: My Best Friend's GirlThe Double LieWhat I Meant to SayHe Said, She SaidHometown HeroThis Little PiggyTruth and ConsequencesRave OnThe Last Temptation of CoryTrain of FoolsCity SlackersThe Grass is Always GreenerNew Friends and OldA Kiss is More Than a KissThe Heart Is a Lonely HunterStormy WeatherThe Pink Flamingo KidLife LessonsI Was a Teenage SpyI Never Sang for My Legal GuardianThe Happiest Show on EarthBrother, Brother
Season Four: You Can Go Home AgainHair Today, Goon TomorrowI Ain't Gonna Spray Lettuce No MoreFishing for VirnaShallow BoyJanitor DadSingled OutDangerous SecretSixteen Candles and 400-Pound MenTurkey DayAn Affair to ForgetEasy StreetB & B's B n' BWheelsChick Like MeA Long Walk to PittsburghUncle DaddyQuiz ShowSecurity GuyCult FictionLearning to Fly
Season Five: BrothersBoy Meets Real WorldIt's Not You... It's MeFraternity RowThe Witches of PennbrookNo Guts, No CoryI Love You, Donna KaranChasing AngelaHow to Succeed in BusinessLast Tango in PhillyA Very Topanga ChristmasRaging CoryThe EskimoHeartbreak CoryFirst Girlfriends ClubTorn Between Two Lovers (Feeling Like a Fool)And Then There Was ShawnIf You Can't Be with the One You Love...Eric HollywoodStarry NightHonesty NightProm-ises, Prom-isesThings ChangeGraduation
Season Six: His AnswerHer AnswerAin't College Great?Friendly PersuasionBetter Than the Average CoryHogs and KissesEverybody Loves StuartYou're Married, You're DeadPoetic License: An Ode to Holden CaulfieldAnd in Case I Don't See YaSanta's Little HelpersCutting the CordWe'll Have a Good Time ThenGetting HitchedRoad TripMy Baby ValentineResurrectionCan I Help to Cheer You?Bee TrueThe Truth About HonestyThe Psychotic EpisodeState of the Unions
Season Seven: Show Me the LoveFor Love and ApartmentsAngela's MenNo Such Thing as a Sure ThingYou Light Up My UnionThey're Killing UsIt's About TimeThe HoneymoonersThe Honeymoon is OverPicket FencesWhat a Drag!Family TreesThe ProviderI'm Gonna Be Like You, DadThe WarSeven the Hard WayShe's Having My Baby Back RibsHow Cory and Topanga Got Their Groove BackBrotherly ShoveAs Time Goes ByAngela's AshesBrave New World

References

  1. The Pink Flamingo Kid
  2. Raging Cory
  3. He Said, She Said
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