The Phantom, aka the Opera Ghost, aka the Trapdoor Lover, aka the Angel of Music. The man with a deformed face who haunted the Opera Populaire and terrorized its occupants, also madly in love with ingenue Christine Daae.
Main character in Gaston Leroux's novel, "The Phantom of the Opera". Also recreated by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Susan Kay, and many others.
"I am not an Angel, nor a genius, nor a ghost...I am Erik!" -Erik Destler, Gaston Leroux's "The Phantom of the Opera"
Erik Destler is the name of "The Phantom" in one of the versions of "The Phantom of the Opera", one of the really crap ones actually. Although the name Erik is universally accepted as the Phantom's name, the surname is only used when referring to the completely 80's horror movie staring Robert Englund A.K.A. Freddy from Freddy vs. Jason. Although this movie totally blows, it's still part of the "phantomverse" and therefore has a special place in my heart.
Erik Destler is the name given to the Phantom in a horrible movie which totally kills the integrity of "The Phantom of the Opera" story.