Proposed to Sally Spectra so she'd admit to stealing his designs 
Shot "Rush" Carrera with a crossbow in self-defense 
Attempted to buy Little Eric from his father, Deacon Sharpe 
Hit Deacon Sharpe with his car 
Punched a gun-toting Sheila Carter 
Accidentally shot Deacon Sharpe in a struggle with a gun 
Concealed a trust which proved Forrester Creations was owned by Stephanie Forrester 
Ultimately guilty of fraud, embezzlement and grand larceny connected to hiding the trust 
Designed the ugly Dare line in order to sabotage a Spencer-owned Forrester Creations 
Eric Forrester is the patriarch of the Forrester fashion dynasty and co-founder of design house Forrester Creations. He has four children with Stephanie Douglas (Thorne, Felicia, Kristen, and the deceased Angela), two with Brooke Logan (Rick and Bridget), and an adopted son in Marcus Walton, whose mother is Donna Logan. Eric also raised Ridge Forrester, finding out years later that Ridge was actually Massimo Marone's biological son.
Dissatisfied in his marriage to manipulative Stephanie, Eric turned to his college sweetheart, Beth Logan. Eric and Stephanie briefly bonded over discovering that their comatose daughter, Angela, had died and been replaced with an imposter, but ultimately Eric still wanted a divorce. Eric was hurt when Beth reunited with her estranged husband, Stephen Loganr -- not knowing Stephanie was pulling the strings -- and compensated by pursuing their daughter, Brooke Logan. Eric and Brooke married and had a son, Eric Forrester, Jr. (Rick), though Brooke still pined for ex-boyfriend Ridge. Eric agreed to give Brooke a divorce after it was revealed she had slept with Ridge on Forrester's lab floor while celebrating her discovery of the wrinkle-free BeLieF formula, but the proceedings were delayed when Eric was temporarily blinded saving Rick from a toppling bookcase.
Eric moved on with nurse Sheila Carter, but Brooke was pregnant and didn't know whether Eric or Ridge was the father. After Ridge was revealed to be baby Bridget's father, Eric married Sheila in a ceremony where all the guests wore black. Eric had a stress-related heart attack after Brooke gained control of Forrester over the rights to the BeLieF formula and named Sheila her liaison. Eric was stunned to learn from family friend Lauren Fenmore that Sheila had tried to kill Lauren in Genoa City after stealing her baby; Eric and his family were held at gunpoint by Sheila when her misdeeds were revealed, but Eric forgave Sheila as she attempted suicide. A disillusioned Eric served Sheila with divorce papers at the mental institution where she was incarcerated.
Eric briefly pursued Ridge's ex-wife, Taylor Hayes, and later went so far as to propose to fashion competitor Sally Spectra so she'd admit to stealing Forrester designs. But when a letter surfaced suggesting Brooke had faked Bridget's paternity test (which no one knew had been tampered with by Sheila), Eric and Ridge submitted to a second test that named Eric as Bridget's father. Eric almost remarried Stephanie, but Sally stopped the ceremony by putting a naughty photo of Eric's encounter with Lauren in the minister's Bible. Eric and Lauren's plane went down on the way home from a fashion show in Italy and they were stranded in Greenland, where they were held captive by crazy Rush Carrera. Eric shot Rush with a crossbow and later fought Rush when the psycho followed Lauren to Los Angeles. Eric and Lauren, who already had Sheila in common, further bonded over the ordeal, but it wasn't enough to solidify their romance.
Eric and Stephanie found their way back to each other over their mutual objection to Brooke's pursuit of Thorne, not to mention gold-digger Amber Moore's pursuit of Rick. After Stephanie recovered from a stroke, Eric remarried her. Eric's daughter Bridget married bad boy Deacon Sharpe, who wanted Amber but used Bridget to goad the Forresters into relinquishing custody of "Little Eric,"ť Deacon's son with Amber's cousin Becky Moore; Eric tried to run Deacon down with his car after Deacon broadcast Bridget's deflowering over a speakerphone. Eric was also concerned when his other daughter Kristen married HIV-positive Tony Dominguez.
Eric was annoyed by the presence of Stephanie's former love, Massimo Marone, who arrived in Los Angeles to reclaim her. Eric couldn't believe it when he learned that the then-pregnant Stephanie had only married Eric to keep him from Beth, meaning Ridge was Massimo's son, not Eric's. Later, Eric became the target of Sheila, who turned a gun on him for refusing a reunion; Eric and Brooke got the gun away from Sheila, but not before Taylor was fatally shot.
Eric entertained a relationship with Massimo's ex-wife, Jackie Payne, but ultimately renewed his vows with Stephanie. Later, when Deacon and Bridget revisited their relationship, Eric struggled over a gun with Deacon which caused Deacon to take a bullet.
Eric felt responsible for having played favorites with Ridge when Thorne, who now felt he was only true Forrester son, defected to Spectra Fashions. Eric was overjoyed when Taylor turned up alive, but furious when Stephanie faked a heart attack to manipulate Ridge into leaving Brooke for Taylor. Eric divorced Stephanie and explored things with Jackie, then briefly remarried Brooke to blunt her interest in Bridget's husband, Nick Marone. When an angry Stephanie discovered that Eric had kept secret a 40-year-old trust in which her father named her the sole owner of Forrester Creations, Eric found Stephanie's knee in his groin.
Though Eric wanted to marry Jackie, he reunited with Stephanie when their daughter, Felicia, almost died of cancer, and stood by Stephanie as she faced her childhood abuse at the hands of her father. Eric was forced to sell Forrester Creations to Jackie's son, Nick, after Jackie fell from a balcony in a tussle with Stephanie; Eric competed by starting up new design house Forrester Originals with his sons. But after Stephanie's vendetta against Brooke led to Brooke being raped, Eric agreed to divorce Stephanie, which was Nick's stipulation for returning Forrester Creations.
Eric dated Brooke's sister, Donna Logan, whose brother, Storm Logan, shot Stephanie. Because Stephanie promised to let Storm go free if Donna stayed away, Eric and Donna pretended to break up; when Stephanie nearly caught them together, Eric hid naked on a ledge outside Donna's window and found his picture in the tabloids the next day. Eric was free to marry Donna once Stephanie relented, but Stephanie's unstable sister, Pam Douglas, objected; soon Eric had a heart attack while in bed with Donna and lapsed into a coma. Eventually it was revealed that Eric had been poisoned by Pam, who meant to weaken Eric sexually and make him undesirable to Donna so he would return to Stephanie. Later, Eric and Stephanie stopped Pam from killing Donna at the Big Bear cabin.
Eric adopted Donna's long-lost son, Marcus Walton. But Eric sensed Donna's attraction to her assistant, Owen Knight, and nearly divorced Donna when security footage showed her making love to Owen; "Donna" and "Owen" were really lookalikes Thorne had hired to get Donna away from his father. Later, Eric and the Logans took hits as Stephanie defected to rival fashion house Jackie M and bashed them online, and Eric lost Forrester when Bill Spencer, Jr., the son of Eric's late nemesis, Bill Spencer, Sr., took over the company and installed his wife, Katie Logan, as CEO.
Eric and his sons refused the power positions Katie offered them, and Eric objected to Donna's new gig as co-host of the Spencer-owned cable show The Catwalk. Eric tried and failed to sabotage Bill by creating the gaudy Dare line, but soon Eric's granddaughter, Steffy Forrester, swindled the company away from Bill in a seduction attempt and put 25% of its stock back in Eric's name.
Eric and Donna divorced when Beth, who suffered from Alzheimer's, drowned during an altercation with Stephanie and Eric took Stephanie's side. Eric gave Donna half his Forrester shares in the settlement, which she sold to Bill. Thinking Stephanie had turned over a new leaf while undergoing treatment for Stage IV lung cancer, Eric was appalled when Stephanie convinced their grandson, Thomas Forrester, to lie that he'd had sex with Brooke to rid the family of Brooke once and for all. Eric forgave Stephanie, but was troubled when she chose not to be intimate with him. Eric turned to Jackie, stopping short of an affair. Eric spontaneously remarried Stephanie in time for their 50th anniversary when Sally's old friend Gladys Pope, a notary, showed up on the door.
When Stephanie's returning cancer was diagnosed as fatal, a devastated Eric threw a party celebrating Stephanie and her accomplishments. After Stephanie died in Brooke's arms, Eric learned that Stephanie had arranged for Eric to become Forrester's permanent CEO. Eric refereed as Rick, Thomas, and Thorne all jockeyed for power at the company. Though Eric was able to grieve Stephanie with the help of Pam, Eric became romantically involved with Taylor and moved her into the mansion. Eric and Taylor were shocked when Pam burst in brandishing a "knife," which was really a spatula. Visiting Genoa City, Wisconsin, Eric designed a wedding dress for socialite Nikki Reed Newman and caught up with Lauren, as well as Ridge's former fiancée, Ashley Abbott; at home, Eric designed a black pantsuit wedding ensemble for Steffy.
Eric told Taylor to back off when she voiced suspicions that Brooke was having an affair with the married Bill; Eric lovingly refused to pose as Brooke's babydaddy upon learning she was pregnant by Bill. Once Taylor exposed Brooke and Bill's affair, Eric defended Brooke and found himself single again after Taylor walked out on him.
Time passed, and Eric kissed jewelry designer Quinn Fuller, causing Stephanie's portrait to fall off the wall, as it had during Eric's relationship with Taylor. Eric disapproved of Ridge seeing Brooke's sister, Katie; trying to reunite Ridge and Brooke, Eric made them co-vice presidents and forced them to work together. Eric joined Katie and Thorne in Abu Dhabi to search for Ridge, who had gone to the Middle East to stop Bill from marrying Brooke and went missing after falling out of a helicopter into the Persian Gulf.
Eric enjoyed a visit from his nomadic brother, John Forrester, who had been living in Australia. Lonely without Stephanie and envying John's freedom, Eric stepped down as CEO and awarded the seat to Ridge, giving it to Rick instead when it came out Ridge had kissed Rick's wife, Caroline Spencer. Eric felt betrayed when Rick tricked him into signing a document that kept Rick in power for a year, but left town to lecture at design schools and travel with John. Not taking action when Rick tormented employees and fired a gun at Ridge and Caroline, Eric was stunned when Ridge, Steffy, Thomas, and Bill, who owned 62.5% of Forrester Creations between them, combined their stock and installed Ridge as CEO over Eric's objections.
Eric happily greeted his Thorne's daughter, Aly Forrester, when she came home from college, but soon Eric discussed his granddaughter's increasing instability with Thorne, who admitted that Aly had mental issues caused by the traumatic loss of her mother, Darla Einstein. Eric accepted Rick's transgender girlfriend Maya Avant and received an awkward overture of friendship from her intolerant father, Julius Avant, but Eric was floored when Aly, who raged at Maya's gender identity and Steffy's open sexuality, died during a violent confrontation with Steffy. Eric chastised John's daughter, Ivy Forrester, for trying to blackmail Steffy with a video she'd taken of Steffy's fatal fight with Aly.
Though Brooke turned down Eric's invitation to move into the mansion, Eric reminisced with Brooke about Stephanie and declared Brooke his best friend, supporting Brooke when Katie wouldn't let go of Brooke admitting Bill was the love of her life. After Ridge took down Rick's beloved portrait of Maya and reinstalled Eric's portrait of Stephanie, causing Rick to move out of the mansion, Eric let Ridge and Caroline take over the main house, taking up residence in the Forrester guest house instead. Eric and Brooke further bonded over the birth of Rick and Maya's daughter, Elizabeth, whose surrogate mother was Maya's sister, Nicole Avant.
After it was revealed that Ridge tried to pass off Thomas' son with Caroline as his own, Eric removed Ridge as CEO and resumed the position himself. Eric began a secret relationship with Quinn knowing his family would balk -- especially Steffy, who was still furious over Quinn kidnapping her amnesiac ex, Liam Spencer, and posing as Liam's wife. Eric debated whether to continue things with Quinn, even after Quinn showed up in Monte Carlo, where Eric was speaking at a Spencer Publications summit. Eric sent Quinn packing when Steffy caught them together, but later took Quinn back and defiantly reinstalled her as Forrester's jewelry designer over the objections of his loved ones; Eric ruffled more feathers by moving Quinn into the mansion, but warned Quinn she would be out if she reverted to her criminal ways.