The President

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The President
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Name The President
Gender Male
Age Adulthood (age unknown)
Eye color Black
Hair color Black
Home planet Hocotate
Known related characters Wife
Height 1.9 cm (0.75 inches)
First game Pikmin 2
Latest game Pikmin 3

The President (社長?) is the owner or co-owner of Hocotate Freight, and a playable character in Pikmin 2.

Although the President was not seen until Pikmin 2, he was alluded to by Olimar in his daily journal entries in the first game. His name is not known, since he's only ever referred to as "the President", or "the President of Hocotate Freight", and the only known family member is his wife, who occasionally sends messages to him.

Biography[edit]

Earlier life[edit]

When he was younger, the President used to live in a small shed.[1] If what he claims is true, he used to be an important name back when he was Louie's age.[2]

The debt[edit]

He runs into financial trouble after Louie, a new employee, shipping a supply of the very valuable Golden Pikpik carrots, is reportedly attacked by a ravenous space bunny who is said to have devoured the entire cargo of carrots. The President takes out a large loan to reimburse the loss of the golden Pikpik carrots, and has no way of repaying the enormous debt. He sells off the only company asset, Captain Olimar's ship, the S.S. Dolphin, in Olimar's absence, but it only makes a small dent in the enormous loan, as Poko icon.png × 10,100 are still owed.

This, occurring after the events of Pikmin, surprises Captain Olimar who just returned to Hocotate. He is so surprised by the news, in fact, that he drops a souvenir he brought back from his adventure for his son. The souvenir, a bottle cap, is collected by the ship, which then evaluates the item as a treasure and worth Poko icon.png × 100, reducing the debt to an even 10,000. The President then orders Olimar and Louie to recover more treasure so that the debt is repaid.

During their absence, the President sends periodic letters to the duo. He eventually discovers that he loan came from the All-Devouring Black Hole Loan Sharks instead of Happy Hocotate Savings & Loan, and goes into hiding from the loan company's threats, temporarily living under a bridge[3][4], and eating grass[5] to survive. Eventually, he gets caught, and is threatened with death.[6]

Significance[edit]

The President is the the main source of mail in Pikmin 2 before the debt has been paid off, his news getting worse as he finds out that the lending agency he actually used was the All-Devouring Black Hole Loan Sharks, as opposed to Happy Hocotate Savings and Loan, and goes into hiding.

After the debt is erased, Louie is left behind on the planet, and the President goes to help Olimar find him (albeit with the intent of collecting the planet's remaining treasure). When switching to him while playing after that, he calls himself "shacho", which is Japanese for "company president" (although it's commonly mistaken as "Schyaco", "Syecho", etc.). He becomes a playable character from then on, and permanently takes Louie's place as a Pikmin leader. His wife says in some pieces of mail that she is "the REAL boss" of the company.[7] It is currently not known if she says that as an insult, if she is the real boss, or a co-owner that works harder than the President does.

In other Pikmin games[edit]

Aside from Pikmin 2, the President is mentioned in Pikmin and Pikmin 3. In Pikmin, Olimar references him in various entries for ship parts and daily logs, in which he is simply referred to as "boss".

In Pikmin 3, the President has more appearances than in Pikmin. He is seen in various different Data Files that explain controls and other mechanics. Oddly, he has an yellow suit in the files, where he has a black suit with a yellow backpack in Pikmin 2. He is also referenced in some of Olimar's logs. He also makes a cameo appearance as a snowman in the Distant Tundra, in which the nose is an Iron Ball which can be pushed out of place. He also cameos in Bingo Battle as the "Lucky Marble".

In Pikmin 3, the President underwent another debt, and issued Olimar and Louie to grab more treasure while he stayed in vacation.

Traits and abilities[edit]

The President, shocked.

The President displays many of the same abilities of Olimar and Louie. His spacesuit consists of the suit he wore while on Hocotate (suggesting that it is airtight), a helmet, and yellow gloves. His life-support backpack is also yellow, and his antenna bears the same blue light as Louie's. His whistle sounds more like a car horn than a regular whistle.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

The President appears as a trophy and a sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

PresidentTrophy.jpg Description:
The president of Hocotate Freight. After venturing into space in his youth, he made a shipping company. When it almost collapses after Louie's incident, and Olimar comes back from the Pikmin planet, the president discovers the outstanding value of Olimar's souvenir. He then sends his employees back to collect valuable treasures. His treatment of employees is questionable.
GameCube icon.png Pikmin 2
How to obtain: Random appearance. Type: Fighter Related

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • According to Pikmin 2's mail, the President lived in a shed during his childhood.
  • According to Olimar's voyage log, the President is in charge of the Pilot's Union.[8]

References[edit]

  1. Today, I tried building a small room at the top of a tree. It reminded me of my younger days, when I lived in a little shed. Those memories help make this bearable.
    – The President in a letter
  2. Louie... When I was about your age, I made my name thunder through the universe as a great explorer. Model yourself after me, son, and you'll go places. Persevere!
    – The President in a letter
  3. Hello... I am still on the lam from debt collectors. For the time being, I've decided to live under the bridge, but if they catch me, I don't know what they'll do to me...
    – The President in a letter
  4. Today, a group from the government offices paid me a visit. They kicked me out from under the bridge as if I were trash. The animals left... I have nowhere left to turn...
    – The President in a letter
  5. I found some tasty grass today. It was the first time in a while that I could eat until I was full. I've become one heck of a grass and root chef... Maybe I'll write a book.
    – The President in a letter
  6. I have a regrettable message. I have been caught. If I don't pay off the company debt right away, I'm to be buried in Hocotate Swamp. It's bleak here... Hurry!
    – The President in a letter
  7. Your notification report was wrong again. How many times do I have to correct you? It's because of behavior like this that I, the REAL boss, have to work so hard.
    – The President's wife in a letter
  8. When I am surrounded by legions of Pikmin, I always picture the face of my boss, the head of Pilot Union. He was always so sharp-tongued with his orders, but I imagine he must have felt much the way that I do now. It's funny, how a change in perspective can bring with it a deeper understanding of others.
    – Captain Olimar in his voyage log