To do: Add images of the snowmen from Pikmin 2, Pikmin 3 and Pikmin Adventure.
In the Pikmin series, many elements are only used for scenery, and cannot be interacted with. These objects also show that PNF-404 is very likely planet Earth. These objects (usually man-made elements, creature remains) contribute to the atmosphere of the series. The following article lists the objects that are used for background information, and also includes comparisons with similar objects that the player can interact with and real-world images of said objects.
A bell. It is similar to the Danger Chime in Pikmin 2.
The different baubles which appear in Pikmin 3. A bauble called Essential Furnishing also appears in Pikmin 2.
A red candle. A candle also appears as a treasure in Pikmin 2: it is called the Fleeting Art Form.
A conifer cone in Pikmin 3. It resembles the Conifer Spire from Pikmin 2.
A real world pine cone.
A christmas tree, atop which a star similar to the Innocence Lost can be found.
A gift appears as a collectible treasure in Pikmin 2: the Joy Receptacle. In Pikmin 3, there are a few gifts that appear in the Fortress of Festivity: they aren't collectible. Finally, gifts appear in Pikmin Adventure but they are here for scenery. Here are a few montages showing these gifts:
Two stockings appear in the Fortress of Festivity. A stocking called Icon of Progress can also be found in Pikmin 2.
Mechanics and technology
Screwdrivers appear in Pikmin 3.
Springs appear in Pikmin and Pikmin 2 as collectibles. In Pikmin 3 and Pikmin Short Movies, they appear as decoration elements.
Bolts are found in Pikmin, Pikmin 2, Pikmin 3 and Pikmin Short Movies.
The Extraordinary Bolt from Pikmin.
The Superstrong Stabilizer from Pikmin 2.
A type of bolt that can be found in the Corroded Maze. It resembles the Superstrong Stabilizer.
The Repair Juggernaut from Pikmin 2.
Wrenches, spanners and pliers appear in Pikmin 3 and Pikmin Short Movies.
Screws are found in Pikmin 3 and Pikmin Short Movies.
Hex nuts and flat washers appear in Pikmin Short Movies, more precisely in Occupational Hazards. Hex nuts also appear in Pikmin 3.
Tyres appear in Pikmin 3, whereas wheels and rims appear in Pikmin Short Movies.
In Pikmin, one of the ship parts is a light bulb. In Pikmin 2, there's a collectible light bulb called the Stellar Orb. In Pikmin 3, they are used to light caves.
The UV Lamp from Pikmin.
Plates appear in Pikmin 2. They appear in the Glutton's Kitchen and the Awakening Wood. Forks, knives and spoons appear in Pikmin 3, more precisely in the Fortress of Festivity. A spoon also appears as a treasure in the Japanese version of Pikmin 2.
A bucket appearing in Pikmin 2, more precisely in the Snagret Hole.
A bucket on planet Hocotate.
A Blue Pikmin holding a bucket in Treasure in a Bottle (Pikmin Short Movies).
Shovels appear in Pikmin 2, Pikmin 3 and Pikmin Short Movies.
A shovel in Occupational Hazards.
Gutters and manholes can be found in Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3. Sewers are found in Pikmin 3 only.
Some fabric that can be found in the Glutton's Kitchen.
Food and drink containers
Food containers and cans
Food containers appear in Pikmin 2 as treasures and in Pikmin 3 / Pikmin Short Movies as decoration.
A can that appears in the Twilight River.
The Open Architecture, a treasure in Pikmin 2.
Some cans that appear in Treasure in a Bottle.
An empty can in The Forest of Hope in Pikmin.
An empty can in the Garden of Hope in Pikmin 3.
Drawings are found in Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3.
A flowerpot used to enter a cave in the Beastly Caverns.
Instruments appear in Pikmin 2, more precisely in the Glutton's Kitchen.
Gloves appear in Pikmin 2 (as collectible treasures), in Pikmin 3, and Pikmin Short Movies.
A glove from The Rustyard. It resembles the Five-man Napsack.
Boots appear in Pikmin 3 and Pikmin Short Movies. Shoes also appear in Pikmin 2 (treasure) and Pikmin Short Movies.
The Repugnant Appendage, a pink shoe found in Pikmin 2.
In Pikmin 3 and Pikmin Short Movies, it's possible to find traffic gates and traffic cones.
A traffic cone in The Rustyard. One can also be found in the Stagnant Sea.
Control valves appear in Pikmin 3 and Pikmin Short Movies. A tap appears in Pikmin 2 as a treasure and in the intro of Pikmin Short Movies.
In Pikmin 2, many of the treasures the player can retrieve were actually made by humans: jewels, marbles, batteries...
A wall made of bricks in the Garden of Hope.
A washing machine tube appearing in the Perplexing Pool.
A tower appearing in the Dream Den.
They appear in Pikmin 2 as collectibles and Pikmin 3 as decoration elements.
An ammonite fossil in Pikmin 3. It is similar to the Olimarnite Shell.
Skulls appear in Pikmin and Pikmin 3 as decoration elements and as treasures in Pikmin 2.