Captain Olimar is a character who stars in the Pikmin series. He first appears in the first Pikmin game, during which he crashes on an unexplored planet named PNF-404. He soon discovered that the oxygen on the planet is toxic to him and most of its biosphere is hostile towards him. He estimate that he has 30 days to repair his ship before his space suit can no longer protect him. With the help of the native Pikmin, he manages to save himself and return to the planet later during Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3 with a working ship and the goal to gather its treasures to save his company from Bankruptcy.

Olimar is Hocotatian native to the distant planet of Hocotate. He is also a family man, with a wife, a daughter, a son, and a dog (which he names the Bulborbs after). Captain Olimar's log states that his favorite food is Pikpik Carrots. His wife made a soup of them for his last meal before the voyage that began the first Pikmin game. He named the Pikmin after the carrots, due to their similar appearance and the fact that they, like the carrots, come in red, yellow, and blue varieties. Olimar is only about the size of a quarter, or about the size of a fifty pence piece.

Olimar has also made several appearances outside of his mainline games. Notably in the spinoff, Hey! Pikmin but also in a series of short movies based on Pikmin. Olimar is also a mainstay of the Super Smash Bros. series since Super Smash Bros. Brawl, with Captain Alph as his alternate costume in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Pikmin series[]


In the first game in the series, Pikmin, Captain Olimar was merely flying in his ship, the S.S. Dolphin, across space until a small meteor collided with his ship, thus causing it to crash into the planet below, which is seemingly Earth.

Once he awoke from apparent unconsciousness, he found that all of his ship's pieces were missing (except for the ship's frame), and that his tank's air supply (or whatever Hocotatians breathe) was slowly but surely depleting.This meant trouble, as the planet was filled with oxygen, which is poisonous to Hocotatians. He had only a month to reconstruct his ship, though the whereabouts of its parts were unknown.

When all hope was lost, he encountered a dormant Onion. Upon approaching it, the Onion turned red, and released a single seed which quickly sprouted. Curious, he pulled it out and found it to be an actual creature, while unintelligent, seemed willing to help. He later found more and more of them, and together they cooperatively worked to find all of Olimar's ship parts and send him back off into space.

Pikmin 2[]

The next game in the series once again starred the portly protagonist as well as his co-worker, Louie, on their quest to save the company that they work for—Hocotate Freight. The president of the company is going through major money problems, and he expects that he'll more than likely have to shut it down. After finding out that the planet Olimar explored featured many wonderful treasures, he ordered Olimar and Louie to head back and find more so that they can exchange them for some more Pokos, their planet's currency. They did so and the company was saved. Not only that, but Olimar was promoted to Perennial Manager.

Olimar leaving Louie behind

Olimar realize that he left Louie on PNF-404.

However, the adventure doesn't end here, as there are still many treasures left on the planet, and unfortunately, Olimar lost Louie as he left the planet. Thus, the president decides to go with Olimar to help him retrieve the remaining treasures and save Louie. They eventually find Louie, but then they encounter the Titan Dweevil, the final boss in the game. After they defeat the Titan Dweevil, Olimar, the President and Louie return to the ship and leave the Pikmin planet with the Pikmin waving goodbye to them.

Pikmin 3[]

Olimar and the Plasm Wraith

The Plasm Wraith protecting an unconscious Olimar.

The 3 captains of Pikmin 3 discover logs left by Olimar and learn the basics concerning how to lead Pikmin from them. They also learn that he found and was in possession of their Cosmic Drive Key, which they needed to leave and get back to their home planet once they had found enough food to save the inhabitants of their home from famine. They go on a wild goose chase, during which they end up finding Louie, thinking they've found Olimar, but then he stole all their food. They track him down and get him to tell them where Olimar really is. Eventually, following the directions he gives them, they find Olimar in Formidable Oak, but they also discover he has been kidnapped and essentially held prisoner by a mysterious creature called a Plasm Wraith, who acts as the final boss that they must defeat to rescue him. Upon being saved, Olimar has different lines based on if you collected all the fruit, but regardless of how many are found, he gives them back the Cosmic Drive Key, which he had mistaken as treasure, allowing them to leave the planet and drop him and Louie off on Hocotate along the way. Olimar also appears as the second player's captain along with Louie in the Bingo Battle mode.

Hey! Pikmin[]

In Hey! Pikmin, Captain Olimar is flying on his new ship, the S.S. Dolphin II when he wanders into an asteroid shower. He tries to avoid it, but is once again struck by them and is sent plummeting in the atmosphere of the Unknown Planet.

Captain Olimar wakes up on the crashing site and is contacted by the S.S. Dolphin II's pod. The ship runs a diagnostic and realize that its fuel, the Sparklium, had been leaking leaving the ship without a single drop of fuel. It then fortunately picks up signals across the planet that indicate that Sparklium can be easily found on the surface of the Unknown Planet. Olimar then start exploring towards the signal and come across some Red Pikmin, indicating that the Pikmin species has spread to this planet through unknown means. With the help of the Pikmin, Olimar soon come across some Sparklium Seeds, which appears to be plants native to this planet that contain Sparklium. Olimar also comes across treasures, which contain way bigger amounts of Sparklium. Olimar with the goal to find 30,000 uits of Sparklium starts to explore the planet while fighting its hostile ecosystem, and finding other types of Pikmin along the way.

Olimar facing the Leech Hydroe

Olimar withness the mad Leech Hydroe emerging from its host's corpse.

After reaching their goal, Olimar and the ship eventually realize that the Sparklium Converter they need to return home went missing during the crash. The S.S. Dolphin II find its signal and send Olimar there. Upon his arrival in The Final Stretch, Olimar encounters a gigantic plant called the Berserk Leech Hydroe who seem to have ingested the Sparklium Converter. The captain finally triumph against the monstrosity after it grew legs and then wings, and as it withers, it is revealed that its anomalous properties were caused by its usually inoffensive parasite, the Leech Hydroe. The parasite was driven mad by the Sparklium Converter and tries to attack Olimar without his host to no avail, the Sparklium Converter fall off of its body and he flees after returning to normal. Olimar is then able to return to Hocotate after one last goodbye to his Pikmin.

Pikmin 4[]

Captain Olimar returns in Pikmin 4. At some unknown point in time relative to the other Pikmin games, he crash-landed on PNF-404 again. The Rescue Corps set out to rescue him, but also crash-landed. At the time his distress signal reached the Rescue Corps, he had been on the planet for one month. Similar to data files in Pikmin 3, Olimar has left behind a "Voyage Log" containing useful information about the planet.

Super Smash Bros. series[]

Captain Olimar debuted as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii, while only being a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Olimar uses his Pikmin allies to fight, without them he can't even perform any Smash Attacks. Olimar scored third on the Tier list in Brawl. Olimar can use the five original types of Pikmin. He has since appeared as a playable character in both Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with Captain Alph as his alternate costume.



These are his specials as of Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Red Pikmin[]

  • Delivers highest damage with aerials, and has the second highest knockback
  • Deals fire Damage
  • Immune to fire, this includes explosions
  • Drowns instantly
  • Great meteor smash
  • More likely to appear from cloth flooring

Yellow Pikmin[]

  • Slighter Attack range (horizantial, and vertical)
  • Travels higher and slower when thrown
  • Deals electric attacks
  • Immune to electric
  • Sweet spot is meteor smash
  • More likely to appear from metallic flooring

Blue Pikmin[]

  • Does more damage and knockback when thrown
  • Can swim
  • Bigger grab range, best for pikmin chain
  • more durable than average
  • Immune to water attacks
  • More likely to appear in water-based floors, like ice

White Pikmin[]

  • Faster, father when thrown
  • Extremley fast
  • Unfortunally Weak
  • Normal attacks are weaker
  • Pummel attack is twice as high
  • Has slight meteor mash
  • Poison attacks, however can die from poison

Purple Pikmin[]

  • Slowest attack range and speed, does not go far when thrown
  • More health, can take a few hits before dying.
  • Slow
  • Great knockback
  • Powerful in Pikmin Chain
  • Smashes into enemies, instead of latching on to them
  • Good up throws, and down throws
  • Good meteor mash
  • More likely to appear on stone or metal floors.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[]

Olimar is featured as a trophy that can only be unlocked by booting up Super Smash Bros. Melee while having a save file of Pikmin in the Memory Card.

Trophy Description[]

Olimar Trophy Melee
  • The main character of the game Pikmin, Captain Olimar crash-lands on a mysterious planet after his spaceship malfunctions. In order to get off the planet, he must gather the pieces of his broken ship, but the atmosphere of the planet is poisonous to Olimar. As a result, he has to enlist the help of the native Pikmin.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl is the first appearance of Olimar as a playable character in the Super Smash Bros. series. Like the other fighter, Olimar is also a Trophy in the game. Olimar is the only playble character that isn't a sticker however.

Subspace Emissary[]

First it shows Olimar fighting a R.O.B. without much success. It shows ROB spining around killing many Pikmin that were lached on it. Then Captain Falcon saves Olimar using his special Falcon Punch move on the ROB, then sliding into all of Olimar's pikmin, killing all of them execpt a red. Then they see Diddy Kong and Donkey Kong need help. They jump down and help fight off the enemies.

Then they meet up with Samus and Pikachu in the Subspace Bomb Factory. Olimar's Hocotate Ship is one of the four ships flying when they are being shot by Ganondorf and Bowser on the really big ship, while the others are Fox's Arwing, Samus's ship and the Falcon Flyer. The clip is called "The 2 Captains", you can watch it right here! [1]

Olimar SSBB

Trophy Description[]

Pikmin & Olimar - Brawl Trophy
  • "Veteran spacefarers in the employ of Hocotate Freight. After crash- landing on an enigmatic planet, Olimar met the mysterious beings known as Pikmin. He enlisted their aid to find his spaceship parts and help him escape. Once home, he found his employer on the verge of bankruptcy. He was sent back to the Pikmin world with his partner, Louie, to repay the company debt."

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U[]

Olimar has a few major changes in this iteration. For balancing purposes and hardware limitations of the 3DS version, Olimar has been limited to 3 Pikmin this time around and the pikmin spawn in a set order.

In addition, his up special has been changed from Pikmin chain to Winged Pikmin. The flight length is affected by the Pikmin you have. Captain Alph serves as his alternate costume.

Trophy Descriptions[]

  • NA: "A veteran spaceship pilot for Hocotate Freight, Captain Olimar partners with Pikmin in Smash Bros. to help him in battle. Olimar is much stronger when he's got Pikmin with him, so keep them plucked and good to go. Pikmin abilities are based on their color—learn what each is best at!"
  • EU: "Captain Olimar, veteran Hocotate Freight astronaut, joins forces with Pikmin again in this game to take on the world. Olimar isn't much of an attacker without Pikmin by his side, so you should always keep some ready. Pikmin have different abilities depending on their colour, so learn how they work to use them effectively!"
  • NA: "Pikmin aren't just good for attacking, you know. For example, when you throw them, they can pick up items on their way back. Only items that aren't very heavy, though! Also, if there's someone charging or shooting at you, a well-timed Pikmin throw can stop them in their tracks!"
  • EU: "Pikmin aren't just good for attacking, you know. For example, when you throw them, they can pick up items on their way back. Only items that aren't very heavy, but still! Also, if there's someone charging or shooting at you, a well-timed Pikmin throw can stop them. Just don't forget to replace your Pikmin when they're gone!"

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[]

Olimar comes back in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and none of his main mechanics have been altered since the last game. Olimar's helmet will now crack if he is hit by a strong move to add a dramatic effect. The helmet will go back to normal a few moments later.

WarioWare series[]

Olimar has made a cameo appearances in the WarioWare series in one of the microgames dedicated to his series. The Olimar Cameo is in WarioWare D.I.Y. as part one of 9-Volt's microgame. A target goes across the screen and the player must tap the touchscreen when it reaches the nectar, thus flinging the Pikmin towards it. If the player misses, the Pikmin will fall into the water, its soul will come out of it and the game will end in in a loss. If the Pikmin reaches the nectar, it will flower and the player will win.