[[caption-width-right:300:And that's just what they look like ''before'' transforming.]]

The Macross franchise is a long running television series created by Creator/ShojiKawamori with designs made by Kazutaka Miyatake and Haruhiko Mikimoto. The first show, ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', first aired in 1982 under the Mainichi Broadcasting System. Since then, it has led to numerous sequels (both anime television series and [=OVAs=]), mangas and video games.


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* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', the original series, set in 2009. It is regarded as a classic among mecha fans, depicting a war between humanity and giant militaristic aliens known as the Zentraedi.
** ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove'', a movie adaptation of the original series, with significant plot and design changes, yet is regarded just as highly (if not higher) than the series itself.
** ''Macross: Flashback 2012'', an extended music video for Minmay, which also acts as an epilogue to the series.
* ''Anime/MacrossPlus'', a short OVA (and later movie) sequel set in 2040 (thirty years after ''SDF''), focusing on a contest between two prototype planes.
* ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'', a full series sequel taking place on a colonization fleet in 2045, which encounters the enemy the Zentraedi were fighting before they met humanity. Something of a black sheep in the series due to being less serious in tone, with plot elements that push it toward SuperRobotGenre. Fans usually either LoveItOrHateIt.[[/index]]
** ''Macross Dynamite 7'', a short OVA sequel to ''7'', taking place in 2047 and focusing on thwarting a group of poachers trying to hunt literal {{Space Whale}}s.
* ''Anime/MacrossZero'', an OVA prequel to the original series set in 2008, depicting the tail end of the UN Wars mentioned in the series's backstory, and offering some more insight into the [[{{Precursors}} Protoculture]] and their contact with ancient humans.
* ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'', a full series sequel set in 2059, nearly 50 years after the original series. It is also set on a colonization fleet, and depicts humanity's encounter (and clash) with a new alien race known as the Vajra. Something of a "modern retread" of the original series in many of its themes.[[/index]]
** ''The False Songstress'' and ''The Wings of Goodbye'' are a pair of {{Compilation Movie}}s for ''Frontier''. As with the original series and ''DYRL?'', the movies follow a different plotline and resolution.
** ''Macross [=FB7=]'' which acts as a sort of {{Crossover}} between ''Frontier'' and ''7'', while also acting as a CompilationMovie for the latter.
* ''Anime/MacrossDelta'', the fourth full series, airing in the spring of 2016. It takes place in 2067 (eight years after ''Frontier''). It covers the exploits of the Walkure, a group of Idol Singers whose songs can counteract a mysterious "disease" spreading around the colonies known as the Var Syndrome, which causes extreme aggression and violent outbursts in those it affects.
* ''Anime/MacrossII'', an OVA and manga series that was made without the original creators' authorization, and has since been placed as an AlternateContinuity. The story takes place in 2090, nearly 80 years after the first series, and follows a news reporter as he gets caught up in a war against the Marduk, who use enslaved Zentraedi soldiers to fight for them.


[[folder: Related Works ]]

* ''Franchise/{{Macross Expanded Universe}}''

The general plot of each series concerns a conflict between humans and aliens, a battle waged using TransformingMecha. In the middle of it all, ThePowerOfRock comes into play, as does the PowerOfLove. Thus forming the three main elements of Macross: HumongousMecha, superpowered music and [[LoveTriangle Love Triangles]].

It is probably worth mentioning the ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' series is often associated with ''Macross'' by Americans due to ''Robotech'''s initial (and most famous) arc being an [[{{Macekre}} altered version]] of ''Super Dimension Fortress Macross''. However, ''Robotech'' is a separate franchise and is not considered part of the ''Macross'' franchise by any stretch.
!!The ''Macross'' franchise is the TropeNamer for:

* BridgeBunnies
* MacrossMissileMassacre
* {{Roboteching}}: Sort of... the TropeNamer is technically ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'', but the name came from the "Macross Chapter" of the series.

!!Tropes applying to the franchise as a whole:

* AllThereInTheManual: A good amount of background material covering the science and technology in each series as well as the events that take place in between them is revealed in the various editions of the official ''Macross Chronicle'' data books.
* ArtificialGravity: It's how massive cities that look like normal cities on Earth can exist inside spaceships.
* BackgroundMagicField: Fold Waves, a naturally existing energy wave in super dimension space that travels effectively Faster-Than-Light. This serves as the basis for the series main form of FasterThanLightTravel (folding into super dimension space). Additionally, the ability of certain people to generate this through song ([[InsistentTerminology Human Space-Time Resonance]] also known as [[InsistentTerminology Fold Receptor Factor]]) is used to explain the more [[ClarksThirdLaw mystical]] things added to the franchise such as Anima Spiritia from ''Anime/Macross7'' and the Mayan priestesses powers in ''Anime/MacrossZero''.
* BlackSheep: Either ''Macross 7'', which was much lower-budget and more Super Robot-like than the rest of the franchise, or ''Macross Zero'', which is far more character-focused and lacks an emphasis on J-Pop music, instead having tribal island hymns.
* BroadStrokes: ''Macross'' tends to play fast-and-loose with canon. This started as early as the original series vs its movie adaptation ''Do You Remember Love?'', which depict the same war but with vastly different events taking place. ''Macross Frontier'' and its movie adaptations similarly depict mutually exclusive sets of events coming to pass. ''Macross 7'' tried to explain away ''Do You Remember Love?'' as an in-universe movie, thus rendering its progression of events fictional, but the Zentraedi keep their movie exclusive designs and ships, rather than the original series' look.
* CoolPlane: When the series isn't showcasing HumongousMecha, it's showing off incredible dogfights between futuristic fighter jets (which transform into the HumongousMecha).
* {{Deconstruction}}: The Macross TV series tend to take the popular anime and IdolSinger tropes on their day and deconstruct them.
** DeconReconSwitch: After deconstructing those tropes, the series will happily reconstruct them as the finale nears.
* HumanAliens: Almost all intelligent species in the galaxy, humans included, look like the Protoculture. {{Justified}} as the Protoculture messing with everyone's evolution to make them look that way.
** By later series, humans and Zentraedi have integrated so much culturally and genetically that it's hard to see the latter as "alien" anymore, especially once other Protoculture derived races appear that show even more physical differences.
** The only known exceptions are [[StarfishAliens the Vajra]] and possibly the Gyararashi (it isn't clear whether they have animal or human-level intelligence).
* EnhancedPunch: The ''SDF-1'' can focus its forcefield on its fist to give it a powerful punch into an enemy's hull, where it then [[MacrossMissileMassacre unloads its missiles into the enemy]]. Later ''Macross'' and ''New Macross''-class ships, as well as smaller mecha like the ''Macross Quarter'' and even later models of Variable Fighters, can also perform the same maneuver (except the [=VFs=] generally skip the missile part).
* InertialDampening: Starting from ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'', most variable fighters now have something called the "Inertia Store Converter" that not only functions as this, but converts inertia into extra power.
** Averted in earlier shows. The lack of this actually plays into the plot of ''Anime/MacrossPlus''.
* LoveTriangle: One omnipresent trope in the series is the love triangle: pretty much any ''Macross'' story is guaranteed to have this in some form or another. They usually avoid becoming a RomanticPlotTumor, as equally as much attention is paid to the characters' relationships as is paid to the overall space opera.
* NuclearWeaponsTaboo:
** Due to this tropes, the series uses the term "Reaction Weapons" instead. WordOfGod is that these are actually anti-matter pair annihilation weapons that are, ironically, more destructive than nuclear weapons. When this was pointed out to Shoji Kawamori, he simply stated that "[[ShrugOfGod Nobody's protesting about anti-matter weapons]]".
** ''[[Anime/Macross7 Dynamite 7]]'' actually shows the use of an honest to goodness nuclear weapon, but it's okay since it's the bad guys using it. ''Anime/MacrossZero'' also features missiles that are explicitly identified as nuclear, and while they are used by the good guys their use is ''not'' treated as a good thing.
** Later series seem to have traded out Reaction Weapons in favor of Fold Weapons as the fictional WMD of choice. Fold Weapons are even more destructive than antimatter bombs, given that they operate by distorting space-time and are capable of planetary-level destruction.
* ThePowerOfRock: The other ubiquitous trope in the franchise is music and singers playing a major role in the central conflict. It isn't always rock music, but that gets used a lot since it tends to go very well with incredible aerospace battles.
* RealRobotGenre: It straddles the line between Super Robot and Real Robot. There are a number of fantastic plot elements but the technology and pseudo-science is mostly [[MinovskyPhysics internally consistent]], even if it resorts to HandWave on occasion. Yes, this includes ''Macross 7'', Super Robot-y as it is, the ideas it introduced to the series are picked up and used (in a more subdued manner) by later stories.
* RiddleForTheAges: Exactly what happened to the ''Megaroad 01'', and with it, the original series cast? Thirty real-life years later and nearly fifty in-universe years later, and all anyone knows is that it disappeared without a trace a few years after its launch. No ''Macross'' series has touched that plot thread since its introduction.
* ShownTheirWork: Creator/ShojiKawamori was an engineering student and, according to some sources, graduated with a degree in aircraft engineering. The result is that most Macross variable fighter designs have very plausible looking fighter modes compared to most TransformingMecha.
* SpiritualAntithesis: Oddly, its American adaptation, ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'', became this as their timelines progressed. In ''Macross'', the Zentradi become more like humanity, while in ''Robotech'', thanks to repeated invasions, humanity is becoming a warrior race like the Zentradi.
* TransformingMecha: It was among the first RealRobot series to feature transforming mecha, and the ''Macross'' itself was, at the time, the largest transforming mecha that had ever been seen (over ten times larger than the next contender).
** The popularity of the original's toyline (helped by the fact that Creator/ShojiKawamori helped Takatoku make an actual transforming Valkyrie toy) may have helped popularize this trope, seeing as Takara made their Diaclone line in response to this, that later became the basis for the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''.