Character history Edit
Captain Olimar is a tiny astronaut from the tiny planet Hocotate. Olimar, like the rest of his kind, is only the height of a quarter. Olimar orders and commands the Pikmin through his games.
Captain Olimar's first appearance was in the Nintendo GameCube game, Pikmin, where he is the main and only playable character. His first adventure tells that his ship, the Dolphin, crash lands on a distant planet, and he's aided by the Pikmin, an indigenous plant-like alien race. There are three possible endings to this game. Olimar is joined by his partner Louie in the second game, Pikmin 2. In the game, Olimar is identified as the top employee of Hocotate Freight Company. He has a wife and children, and communicates with them whenever he can. In Pikmin 2, Louie was on a delivery and was entrusted with a load of golden Pikpik carrots. On his way he got hungry and ate the whole load (he later says that a space bunny ate them), thus forcing Hocotate Freight into bankruptcy. Louie then returned to Hocotate and falsified his report to the President. Shortly after that, Olimar returned from the Pikmin Planet only to find that the company was 10,000 pokos (the universe's currency) in debt. Olimar and Louie then return to the Pikmin Planet to gather treasure to pay off the debt. Also, after obtaining 10,000 pokos, Olimar accidentally leaves the Pikmin planet without Louie, forcing Olimar to team up with the President.
Olimar is heavily based on Mario, as he has a similar nose, and his name, prior to translation from Japanese to English "Orima", is an anagram of "Mario" with an added "L". Likewise, the lankier Louie (whose Japanese name is "Loojie (Lugii)" is derived from Luigi in both name and body proportion.
Many fans notice that certain characters in the SSB series are larger or smaller than they should be. Olimar is the best example because he is 1-inch tall (or about the size of a quarter) in his universe.