''Genesis Climber Mospeada'' is an anime science fiction series created by Shinji Aramaki and Hideki Kakinuma. The 25-episode television series ran from late 1983 to early 1984 in Japan. MOSPEADA stands for '''M'''ilitary '''O'''peration '''S'''oldier '''P'''rotection '''E'''mergency '''A'''viation '''D'''ive '''A'''rmor, one of the transformable [[PowerArmor motorcycle-armors]] the series features. The other primary mecha featured in the show is the three-form [[TransformingMecha transformable fighter]] called the Armo-Fighter AFC-01 Legioss, which is somewhat similar in design to the VF-1 Valkyrie variable fighter from ''The {{Super Dimension Fortress Macross}}'' and is the element that really inspired the show's inclusion into ''{{Robotech}}''.

In the 21st century, pollution becomes such a problem that scientists develop the use of hydrogen fuel called "HBT" as an alternative to fossil fuels. Due to overpopulation on Earth, humans have colonized Mars and the moons of Jupiter. In 2050, a mysterious alien race called the Inbit ("Invid" for ''{{Robotech}}'' watchers) invade the Earth; unable to fight back, humans are driven into a few small pockets of refugees, some of which manage to escape the now-desolate Earth to seek shelter on the moon. The Mars Base sends troops to fight the Inbit, only to fail miserably. The Inbit seem uninterested in other planets, and do not show any hostility unless attacked. However, they can sense the use of HBT, forcing humans to limit the use of the fuel near the Inbit. Now the humans of the Mars Base fight to reclaim their home planet and unravel the secret behind the Inbit invasion, before it is too late for both races.
----
!! ''Genesis Climber Mospeada'' contains examples of:
* AcePilot: Houquet et Rose ("Rook Bartley") and Yellow Belmont ("Lancer").
* AdjectiveNounFred
* AdventureTowns: Quite a few. Some in what appears to have once been South America. They also make their way across America visiting what used to be Denver and Manhattan.
* AfterTheEnd
* AlienInvasion
* TheApocalypseBringsOutTheBestInPeople: Cruelly subverted as the people of the city by the lake pretend to be hospitable but in fact lure soldiers (including a child) to their doom in order to save themselves.
* AttractiveBentGender: Yellow who crossdresses.
* {{Badass}}: Houquet, Yellow Belmont, ColonelBadass Wolfe and Battlar.
** BadassBiker: Houquet
* BeachEpisode
* BigApplesauce: Episode 22, New York Bebop.
* BigBulkyBomb
* BikerBabe: Houquet et Rose.
* {{Bishonen}}: Yellow who crossdresses.
** LongHairedPrettyBoy: Yellow
* BrattyHalfPint: Mint [=LaBelle=] ("Annie"), particularly annoying for her constant talk of marriage despite her very young age and even [[TokenMiniMoe younger]] [[CutesyDwarf appearance]] (she's [[OlderThanTheyLook canonically thirteen, but looks closer to seven]]), and [[SmittenTeenageGirl obsesses about any male character fairly quick to boot]].
* BrokenPedestal: Bernard's mentor and hero, Major Johnathan ("Colonel Johnathan Wolff"), who has sold out to the Inbit.
* CombiningMecha: The Legioss and Tread fighters can merge into a bigger aircraft, and each can independently become a robot.
* ConvenientDecoyCat: Subverted during the New York City episode since it was a boy pretending to be a cat.
* CoolBike: Probably the most distinguishing trait of the series (they pretty much name it, after all), turn into wearable PoweredArmor, [[RuleOfCool sometimes even in mid-air]].
* CoolPlane: The Legioss fighters and Treads.
* CowardlyLion: Jim Austin.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Ray, while not stupid, is not much of a soldier or pilot but has his badass moments.
* CutAndPasteTranslation: ''Mospeada'' was one of three separate (and entirely unrelated) series cobbled together to make ''{{Robotech}}''.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Everyone but Ray are shown to have this to varying degrees. It could also be argued that anyone that survived the Inbit invasion of Earth qualify.
* DeadStarWalking: The cast you meet in the first episode save Stig.
** SacrificialLamb: The first episode is full of them.
* DebutQueue: Starts with EverybodysDeadDave, before the surviving protagonist meets the real cast.
* DistantFinale[=/=]ClipShow: The ''Love Live Alive'' OVA.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Yellow rather convincingly.
* DuelingShows: Compare ''SuperDimensionFortressMacross''.
* EverybodysDeadDave: Episode 1 ends with only one survivor.
* FallenHero: Colonel Wolfe.
* FighterLaunchingSequence
* [[{{FiveManBand/Anime}} Five Man Band (Anime)]]:
** TheHero: Stig ("Scott") Bernard
** TheLancer: Ray ("Rand")
** TheBigGuy: Jim Austin ("Lunk")
** TheSmartGuy[=/=]TheChick: Yellow("Lancer") (despite his ''Robotech'' counterpart's name) and Houquet("Rook") are both amalgams of the trope in their own ways.
** TagAlongKid: Mint Rubble
* GeniusBruiser: Jim Austin.
* GiantEnemyCrab: The basic Inbit mooks.
* [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Green-Haired Space Babe]]: Solzie.
* HighHeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Aisha and Solzie]]
* HeroicBSOD: Stig has one last almost an entire episode when he discovers the military army they were to accompany was completely destroyed.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: A squad of old soldiers ram their ship into an Inbit fortress to destroy it.]]
* HeyItsThatVoice: Mika Doi performs the hat trick with regards to being in all three of the shows that were melded into ''Robotech'': playing Houquet et Rose in ''Mospeada'', Lania Isavia in ''SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross'' and Misa Hayase in ''SuperDimensionFortressMacross.''
* HiveQueen: The Inbit Refless.
* HotWings: When [[spoiler: The Inbit leave Earth]], they take the form of a huge Phoenix.
* IdolSinger: Yellow Belmont.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Aisha ("Ariel", a.k.a. "Marlene"). During the fortress seige episode, Yellow rather poetically explains it as her being too innocent of the ways of the world to have a concept of modesty.
* InvisibilityCloak: The Legioss[=/=]Tread Fighters.
* JapanesePronouns
* KillEmAll: All but one in the first episode.
* LandmarkOfLore: The Statue Of Liberty when they pass through the Big Apple.
* LaResistance: Our band of heroes.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Aisha.
* LostAesop: While everyone on the main cast suspects [[spoiler:Aisha is not human]], they willingly ignore it in spite of mounting evidence ([[spoiler: Yellow and Stig/Stick]] conspire to do so come hell or high water at one point when the matter comes up between them), refusing to give in to FantasticRacism up until [[spoiler:she herself admits it]] in the penultimate episode. Then all tolerance goes out the window entirely until the conclusion of the series and even then, not all characters recover theirs.
* {{Mangst}}: Stig is driven by the death of his fiance, Marlene.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Stig's preferred method to down enemy mooks.
* MementoMacGuffin: Stig's pendant.
* MysteriousWaif: Aisha
* NonIndicativeFirstEpisode: It presents an entire series' worth of cast members during a space battle, only to kill all but one of them in the destruction of their battleship. The survivor, Stig Bernard, is left to picks his way through a ScavengerWorld, meeting the real cast one by one.
* RammingAlwaysWorks
* RealRobot
* RedShirtArmy: The force sent to take back Earth in the first episode gets wiped out, leaving Bernard as the only survivor.
* RefrainFromAssuming: The title of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hsa5y3tdJIw opening theme]] is not "Lonely Soldier Boy." It's "Ushinawareta Densetsu (Yume) Motomete" (Searching for the Vanished Legend (Dream)).
** However, a cover of that song by Malaysian band Hujan ''is'' called "Lonely Soldier Boy".
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: The whole point of the series. Any Inbit that saw the error of their treatment of humans underwent a HeelFaceTurn eventually, while those that did ''not'' defect became progressively more genocidal in attempting to wipe out the human resistance.
* {{Roboteching}}: The funny thing about it is that it was one of the three anime series used to create the TropeNamer.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The English release deliberately used different spellings for the characters and races whose names weren't changed.
** On the other hand, some were just transliteration convention differences (Inbit vs Invid - 'b' and 'v' sounds used the same character, and Mint's surname just as easily becomes "[=LaBelle=]", as per the [=McKinney=] novelilzations, as it does "Rubble") or errors (the terminal 'tu' and 'du' are the same character, except for the easy to miss notation on the latter, which also goes for Stig (a proper Swedish name) vs Stick Bernard, another very common error).
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands
* TeamPet: Mint.
* TheyLookLikeUsNow: The Inbit take humans forms as the ideal life form to rule the planet.
* TragicKeepsake: Stig Bernard has a holo locket, given to him by his girlfriend (who died during the initial attack in Episode One). He keeps it throughout the series, finally throwing it out of his Legioss in the last seconds of the series.
* TransformingMecha
* TrueCompanions: What the group becomes.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Ray had a crush on Yellow before he learned "she" was actually a he. The reveal left him devastated. Yellow does this again to a jungle prince.
* UnwantedRescue: Houquet is not pleased when Ray and Stig interfere in her bar fight.
* VillainWorld
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Solzie's thoughts concerning Yellow.
* WhatTheHellTownspeople
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Yellow's actual job is as a singer perceived as female, despite being male, and occasionally changes to his female voice to mess with team members. This started out as an emergency disguise for him though, since his previous occupation was more militarily-inclined - that automatically got him persecuted when the Inbit invaded.
----