Captain Olimar is the main character in the Pikmin series, created by Shigeru Miyamoto. He leads an army of Pikmin to gather whatever he needs gathered. He has so far appeared in Pikmin, Pikmin 2, Super Smash Bros. and Pikmin 3
Captain Olimar hails from the planet Hocotate. As a Hocotatian, Olimar's appearance is largely humanoid, yet displays a number of distinct traits: he is extremely minuscule in size (being ≈1.9 cm, ≈0.75 in tall), has a large head-to-body ratio, a bulbous nose, pointy ears, small tufts of hair and hyphen-shaped eyes that, during moments of surprise, comically bulge out and appear similar to human eyes. In regard to Olimar's personality, it is revealed via his journal that he is caring and dedicated to his family, while also having a taste for the arts and that he "always had a way with animals", the latter of which is evident with his Piklopedia.
An alternate appearance by Olimar that was supposed to occur was one in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. He was one of the people who was to come in and taste the player's coffee. However, he and all other coffee tasters were replaced by Professor E. Gadd, so this never occurred.
Super Smash Bros.
Olimar makes only one minor appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee as a trophy. Olimar's trophy is uniquely obtained by booting Melee while having a save file of Pikmin on the same memory card: the trophy is unlocked as soon as the game is started.
Olimar becoming a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He is featured along with the Pikmin as a single playable character entity. Like in his home series, Olimar is very weak on his own and needs to summon Pikmin to his side with his Pikmin Pluck neutral special move in order to use stronger attacks with them, and he needs at least one to use most of his attacks.
Olimar returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
- Olimar's name is an anagram of Mario's name with and extra L added.
- At ≈1.9 cm (≈0.75 inches) tall, Olimar is canonically the shortest playable character in the Super Smash Bros. series as of Brawl. This distinction was previously held by Kirby, who was listed at 20 cm (8 inches) tall in Melee (which was previously canonized in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards) before the sizes of characters and structures in the Kirby series became depicted very inconsistently following The Crystal Shards.