Erik Futa is one of the pre-made NPC Tinkering Hobby instructors who comes from Hobbies, the secret sub-neighborhood introduced with The Sims 2: FreeTime. The other two tinkering hobby instructors are Ocean Pederson and Marsha Trimble. He appears in every neighborhood once FreeTime has been installed. Erik can be made playable by befriending and asking him to move in, or by marrying him. He has medium-length red hair, grey eyes, and tanned skin. Erik is a Family Sim with the Cancer zodiac sign. As far as personality, he is somewhat neat, active, and nice. But Erik is quite shy and somewhat serious.
He is mostly interested in Environment, Money, Entertainment, and Work. Erik has the same facial structure and surname as Alvin Futa, though there is no evidence that the two of them are related. His pre-destined hobby is Tinkering. Even though his default head-shot depicts him having medium-length hair, and a purple top, when Erik is first spawned in-game, he will have short hair with a dark blue hat. He will also wear a dark blue suit. However Erik will still retain the hairstyle in his default thumbnail, for most outfits besides everyday.