Eric Needles is the main character of the series. Eric was adopted as the sidekick to Maxum Man, the greatest hero of all time (before he disappeared). He also has a huge crush on Vana, but he later seems to be more infatuated with Mandy Struction.
Eric is currently an orphan, and still has flashbacks to his days at the orphanage before he was adopted to be Maxum Man's sidekick. He has stated that he's never known what it's like to have a mom and dad, which suggests that he has been an orphan since birth, or since a very young age - too young to remember his birth parents. From his flashbacks, it is shown that Eric and the other children had little comfort, and had to get by on what was available to them for entertainment. This including brick-pets, empty bottles for instruments, and playing with rats. It's also shown that the children only had one pair of clothing at the orphange, because when Eric's t-shirt rips in "Shopping Spree", his only other shirt is one made of old newspapers taped together. He usually brings up his orphan status when his friends are aware of something that he isn't, due to the fact that he lived sheltered from much of the outside world for most of his life. Even though his early life was tragic, nobody else seems to sympathize with him. When he returns to the orphange in "Little Orphan Eric", Vana even insults him by asking if he "..really lived in this dump?" as if it was his fault. Even so, Eric seems well off enough now that he has friends and lives in the Maxum Mansion, waiting for Maxum Man to return.
Because he is an orphan, Eric has no parents. Whether they've died, abandoned him, or what is not revealed. However, he has come to see the Maxum Family as his family. He and Maxum Brain bond in the episode "Family Fun Day", and find new found respect for each other, but quickly agree never to work together again to cover up their feelings. He also sees Maxum Mom like his own mother, and she feels the same way. She often gives him hugs and checks up on him to make sure he's doing okay. In "Pampelmoose and Son" it is thought that Eric was actually a clone-son of Pampelmoose, due to the fact that they have the same red star-shaped birthmark on their stomachs. However, it's revealed to be just a pizza sauce stain, which eliminates any possibility of them being related.
Eric wears an orange t-shirt with a white skull logo on it with green shorts.He also wears turquoise sneakers.He has brown hair with a three tip end.He has a long,log shaped nose. He has black round glasses.
Eric has had a huge crush on Vana but Vana dislikes him and often she teases him. She has become more accepting of him during later episodes but not to a particularly great extent.
Trevor is Eric's best friend and partner in crime. Together, they always manage to get in some kind of trouble, whether it be at school or at home in the Maxum Mansion, though most of the trouble is caused by Trevor. They enjoy many of the same things, like playing videos games, eating junk food and being lazy.
Kitty has a huge crush on Eric, but it's unclear how much Eric is aware of his feelings. The writers of the series tend to switch back and forth between Eric being aware but avoiding the situtation, and Eric being oblivious. In "Family Fun Day" Eric shows that he is at least somewhat aware of her feelings, when he offers to go to the movies with him if she'll let him win. This has lead many to believe that Eric is aware of Kitty's crush, but feigns ignorance to avoid any awkward situations. This theory has some merit, becuase Eric has been shown to not be a fan of the smothering, obsessed types, as seen with Pampelmoose in "Pampelmoose and Son" and Vana in "Gone Gaga". Regardless, Eric sees Kitty as a good friend, and especially likes her when he displays her vast knowledge of computers.
Eric and Mandy both have crushes on each other and are fully aware of each other's feelings, but because they are good and evil, their love cannot be, but they can be secret friends. It is kind of like Romeo and Juliet, though.
Since Master XOX is the main antagonist of the series, and Eric is the protagnist, they hate each other. Eric commonly foils XOX's diabolical plans, wanting Maxum Man to eventually take his place again.
Pamplemoose hates Eric because of his failures in some episodes. In Pamplemoose & Son, he thinks Eric was his son, but in the end, he saw that the mark was a stain. Angered from deception, Eric was the professor's permanent volunteer.
Eric isn't considered a very good sidekick. He usually acts before he thinks, which often casues to make the situation worse than better,is afraid of getting hurt, and does poorly in all his classes at the Sidekick Academy. He does manage to have some shining moments of brilliance though. It's unknown why Maxum Man chose Eric to be his sidekick when there were seemingly 'better' options. It may be due to Eric's many similarities to his previous sidekick, the Golly Gee Kid, and that someone like Vana is too bossy and headstrong to be Maxum Man's sidekick.
- According to the official website, Eric dislikes homework and not being able to find Maxum Man.
- The skull on Eric's shirt is similar to the skull on the shirt of Total Drama series character Duncan.
- He was voiced by Peter Oldring in the pilot episodes.
- Eric is lactose intolerant.
- Eric fears Mascots and being alone.
- According to "Love Fights", Erik is allergic to chocolates, colonge and carnations (which disappointed Kitty who was planning to give them to him).