Captain Charlie (チャーリー?), also commonly referred to as Charlie, is one of the three playable leaders in Pikmin 3. He wears a spacesuit with a green lapel and a star-shaped badge on its left side. He has an average-sized nose, a dark brown mohawk and a tiny mustache, and like Alph, has eyes that are wide open at all times. His skin is also the most tan out of the three explorers. He, along with Brittany and Alph, come from the planet Koppai in search of a new food source for their planet, and serves as the captain of their space-faring vessel, the S.S. Drake. He also takes a rubber ducky with him on every mission for good luck. He is revered as a hero on Koppai, being described by Alph as "one of Koppai's greatest legends".
Charlie is the first character to be played as, and starts the farthest away from the ship. After encountering Yellow Pikmin and introducing all the controls, he goes into a cave where he encounters the offspring of the Vehemoth Phosbat and defeats them, thereby angering the mother. Shortly after this encounter, he is attacked after a strange shadow is seen flying around him. Later, when Alph and Brittany defeat the Phosbat in the Distant Tundra, he comes out of the Phosbat's mouth and becomes playable again. His crash site is found later in the game by Olimar, as suggested by a data file found in the area.
In game, Charlie plays the same as Alph and Brittany.
When Pikmin 3 was translated for European audiences, his personality had been kept mostly the same, but after the game was ported to America, Nintendo of America changed most of his personality for unknown reasons.
Charlie is shown as a very capable, level-headed leader and shows a lot of care and a sense of protection towards the people he loves and respects. In some reports it's revealed that he prefers to stay vigilant near the S.S. Drakes door to protect his crewmates and greatly appreciates their presence, since he was often alone in space during his youth as a ranger. Charlie also shows great interest in the natural landscapes of PNF-404, as he considers the beauty of the plants and flowers to have moved him in a way that's difficult to describe. Charlie also seems to have a really keen interest towards ducks, demonstrating a lot of knowledge about them, owning a Rubber Ducky as a lucky charm and having a pet duck named Elizabeth whom he describes as his soulmate. There are many parts in the game's story where Charlie tries to show his deep affection towards Brittany, only to be interrupted by some other, pressing matter. His crush on Brittany is further accentuated in several reports where he plans to collect a few flowers as a present for Brittany and where he describes that, if he has to throw a crew member, he would always choose Alph first because "You shouldn't throw away the things you love..."
In the North American release, however, Charlie's affection towards Brittany is removed, and instead, is replaced by him having a massive ego, giving self-praising, boastful statements. For example, in the European version, after being rescued from the Vehemoth Phosbat, he states something along the lines of
“To be honest, Brittany, the only face I could think of while being inside that beast was yours.”
right before being interrupted. But in the American version, he states,
“To be honest, Brittany, there was only one life I thought about when I was trapped in there... my own.”
The reasoning behind this was unknown.
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
Charlie appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. One of Alph's alternate customs also sports a green color scheme, reminiscent of Charlie. This alternate custom is present in the 3DS version too.
Charlie's name is derived from the term used for the letter C in the phonetic alphabet. This makes sense as Alph (Alpha) is also used for A in the phonetic alphabet; the initial of his name is also the same letter of his prototype name (Character C), just like Alph and Brittany.
Names in other languages