The main character of the Pikmin games. Captain Olimar is from the planet Hocotate, and is an employee of a freight company named Hocotate Freight. In Pikmin, after crash landing on the Pikmin planet he uses the Pikmin to find his ship parts and escape. In Pikmin 2 he is sent back to the planet with another employee, Louie, to collect treasures to pay back a deep debt that Hocotate Freight has gotten into.
Captain Olimar was a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Wii. Instead of using traditional fighting styles, he had to keep Pikmin with him at all times and use them as weapons for fighting. He has been confirmed to be playable for the fourth Super Smash Bros. game.
Olimar is not a playable character in Pikmin 3. Instead, the new protagonists are Alph, Brittany and Captain Charlie. Still, Olimar appears in the ending, where he has his first speaking role in the whole franchise.
In the Pikmin manual, it compared Olimar and the Pikmin to various items. Olimar was shown to be the size of a quarter.
The name Olimar is derived from Nintendo's mascot, Mario.