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->''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wieStI7kN-I Gorgeous, delicious, deculture!]]''

The latest entry in the popular ''SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' franchise, which concluded Japanese airing on September 24, 2008. The series began airing during Macross' 25th anniversary and has proven immensely popular (its BluRay release was the single best selling HD release in the ''entire Japanese marketplace'' in 2008, and one of its soundtracks sold as many in its first week as a ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' soundtrack - a decade-old record). [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-12-20/2008-top-selling-dvds-in-japan-overall (1)]] [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-12-12/3rd-macross-frontier-album-sells-86450-to-rank-no.2 (2)]] It even spawned two movies (see below).

The story is set in 2059 aboard (and in the space surrounding) the titular Macross Frontier, one of the many colonization fleets heading from Earth towards the centre of the galaxy in search of a new home to settle. However, Frontier's mission is suddenly disrupted when it comes under attack from a bug-like alien race known as the "Vajra".

There are three main characters: Alto Saotome, an ex-kabuki actor turned sky-pilot who feels oppressed by the domed skies of Macross Frontier but also an obligation to protect them; Ranka Lee, a [[GenkiGirl spunky]] young girl with a severe case of post-traumatic stress disorder and a dream of becoming an IdolSinger; and Sheryl Nome, a popular and headstrong IdolSinger from the neighbouring Macross Galaxy fleet who is known as "The Galactic Fairy".

The stories of these three intertwine amist the Vajra attacks on the Macross Frontier, slowly revealing dark conspiracies that seem destined to determine which direction mankind will move forward into the stars.

[[http://youtube.com/watch?v=pnOws0VLg6k This clip]] features a great many visual examples of several of the tropes listed below. Note that this is merely part of one of the ''less'' intense battles of the series...

[[TheMovie A movie version]] was announced at the airing of the last episode of the series. It was initially expected that it would largely be a clip show of the series with some new scenes, similar to ''MacrossPlus'', but as the project developed it eventually became more of an AlternateContinuity retelling that was split into two movies. The first, ''The False Songstress'', was released in November 2009 and covers the range of episodes 1-7 in the series, including numerous new and altered scenes as well as several new songs. Some scenes were altered quite drastically. For instance, [[spoiler:Sheryl Nome's fall during her first concert in episode one was caused by Alto accidentally knocking her off during a stunt, while in TheMovie she jumps off the stage by her own free will]]. The second movie, ''The Wings of Goodbye'', was released on February 26, 2011. [[spoiler:It resolves the LoveTriangle that has hounded the show since the first episode]].

Oh, and they also made the battles ''[[UpToEleven even more awesome]]''.

With the release of the TV series, several [=PSP=] and [=PS3=] games were released consisting of Ace, Ultimate and Triangle Frontier. Trial and Last Frontier were bundled with the two movies when they released to the public, and an upcoming stand-alone PS3 crossover game (done in the style of the PSP games), ''VideoGame/{{Macross 30}}: The Voice that Connects the Galaxy'' was released in February 2013. A few mangas/light novels/drama [=CDs=] were also released, contributing to the storyline of the show.

The crossover movie, ''Macross [=FB7=]: Listen to My Song!'' premiered last October 20, 2012, set in the middle of the TV series.

Please contribute to the [[Characters/MacrossFrontier Character Sheet]]!

'''Note:''' Refrain from calling WordOfGod in this article unless you can provide confirmation, as a number of "interviews" were actually fakes orchestrated by a then respected person in the Macross Community. More information can be found [[http://forums.animesuki.com/showthread.php?p=2585414#post2585414 here]] and [[http://www.macrossworld.com/mwf/index.php?showtopic=30224 here]] For a general overview of the fake interviews go on the [[Trivia/MacrossFrontier Trivia]] page.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Brera's relatively small combat knife-sized BladeBelowTheShoulder cuts a hydra roughly the size of a tiger ''in half''. ''Lengthwise''.
* AcePilot: Nearly all the SMS crew are a cut well above the typical UN Spacy jock; Ozma, Mikhail and Klan stand out above everyone else at the start of the show.
* ACupAngst: Ranka at the Miss Macross contest.
* AdaptiveAbility: The Vajra.
* AllThereInTheManual: Following normal Macross procedure most of the extra information can be found in the supplemental materials, like novels, manga and Drama [=CDs=] which include extra information such as what happened to Sheryl's parents, and when Alto started to taking flying lessons, also everything about Grace.
* AlternateContinuity: Happened when the series made the jump to theatrical movies and retold the story of the series.
* AnimationBump: The beginning and the end.
* AnotherCenturysEpisode: R and Portable
* ArcNumber: 25. The series celebrates the 25th anniversary of the franchise. Therefore, there are 25 episodes, the setting is the 25th Migration Fleet, the heroes pilot the VF-25, Ranka is one-fourth alien (25 percent) and the Macross-class ship is called the Quarter (also 25 percent); it also aired at 1:25 AM (or 25:25 as it appeared [[OtakuOClock on Japanese TV clocks]]).
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Klan Klan to Mikhail... while he's in his fighter and she's macronized.
** Also Sheryl to Ranka, to calm her down.
** Later on [[spoiler: Ranka returns the favor to Sheryl]].
* AtArmsLength: Mikhail does this to Klan Klan in episode 4.
* AttackDrone: Both Luca's Ghost fighters, the Vajra, and the unmanned fighters used by [=NUNS=] (New UN Spacy).
* [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever "Attack" Of The 50 Foot Whatever]]:
** Played straight in episode 1 and 2, when Ranka (and a good part of Island One) is threatened by the first of the series' signature BigCreepyCrawlies.
** Subverted with glee in episode 5 as we find out that sections of the Frontier are designed so that the Zentradi population can live as normal people... while macronized. Highlights include Zentradi-run farms and macronized Klan hanging out with Alto and Sheryl... and in order to be at eye level with Klan, the other two have to sit on a ''third-story balcony''.
** It's played straight in Episode 21, when a macronized Klan dons a VF's FAST packs like an oversized EX-Gear and starts fighting Vajra.
* AttractiveBentGender: Funnily enough Sheryl [[spoiler: and Alto]] in the second movie.
* AutobotsRockOut: You know it. As a Macross there is plentiful battle set to J-Pop sung live by {{Idol Singer}}s.
* BackToBackBadasses: Done by Alto and [[spoiler: Ozma]], followed by Alto and [[spoiler: Klan]], and lastly Alto and [[spoiler:Brera]], all in the GrandFinale.
* BadassAdorable: Clan Clang. Alas, she has to go through a lengthy transformation process.
* BadassCrew: The SMS crew.
* BadassLongcoat: Brera Sterne gets one in TheMovie. Yes, he was always BadAss, but now he's BadAss ''with a longcoat''.
* BeachEpisode: Some elements were vaguely squeezed into Episode 10 of the series, but there's a much more traditional beach part early on in the second movie with every element ''except'' the part of it being an episode. Since it's, you know, the movie. Nevertheless, several amusing scenes with BridgeBunnies in swim suits and Captain Wilder surfing, and even Ranka gets in on the FanService action ([[LoveTriangle though she might have been trying to impress someone, so she had an excuse]]).
* BeamSpam: The Vajra in the GrandFinale.
** And TheMovie upstages this in it's GrandFinale with no less than EIGHT [[BigFreakingGun Macross]] [[WaveMotionGun Quarters]], a fleet of NUNS battle cruisers, [[NoKillLikeOverkill and who knows how many Koneig Monsters]] all firing on the Vajra Queen. [[spoiler: Of course, that also happened to be where Alto was standing but it still looked pretty cool.]]
* BedsheetLadder: Alto uses the one in episode 12 to escape rogue Zentradi custody.
* BeePeople: The Vajra fit this very well. However, while they do have a queen, it oversees the operation of their collective consciousness shared by each, as opposed to controlling them like mindless drones. [[spoiler:When Grace hijacks the Queen at the climax of the story, she opts for the "control like mindless drones" option]].
* BelligerentSexualTension: Sheryl and Alto in an odd way, their personalities are such that they seem to swap roles from time to time, but they typically default to Alto as the JerkWithAHeartOfGold and Sheryl as the {{Tsundere}}.
** UpToEleven with [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Mikhail]] and [[{{Tsundere}} Clan]].
* BerserkButton: Commenting on Alto's feminine appearance, mistaking him for a girl, or calling him "Princess", played for laughs in the series.
** Also: [[PoweredArmor Do. Not.]] [[InstantExpert Steal.]] [[UnstoppableRage Sheryl's.]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Panties.]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Grace]].
* BigDamnHeroes: Everyone, at some point. Most notably [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome and awesomely]] [[spoiler: SMS' arrival at the battle over the Vajra homeworld]]
** The second movie [[spoiler:trumps this with a SQUADRON of Quarter Class Macross coming in as fire support.]]
** There's also TheCameo by [[spoiler:[[MacrossPlus Isamu Dyson]].]]
* BigFancyHouse: The Saotome mansion.
* {{Bishonen}}: Alto and Mikhail, but especially Alto, lampshaded by Alto's nickname "Princess".
* {{Bishie Sparkle}}: Mikhail gets one of these during his introduction in Macross Frontier while flirting with some girls. Alto uses them a few minutes later when meeting Ranka.
** Actually, what appears to be a BishieSparkle for Alto is just him shaking water out of his hair. The effect remains the same, however.
* BigOlEyebrows: Possibly a subversion, as this occurs on ''Klan'' of all people, and only when she's micronized and four and a half feet tall.
* BilingualBonus: Nearly everything written down in the show is written in English (despite the fact that the franchise is eternally locked in NoExportForYou past ''MacrossPlus''), though it's, of course, Japanese in dialog. Sheryl's mirror message to Grace in Episode 2 is written in French. One or two lines are actually in English.
* BittersweetEnding: Movie-verse only. [[spoiler: Alto is dead/missing, Sheryl is in comatose, and Ranka lost the love triangle. Not exactly a happy ending here. Also not everyone lives this time around. But at least the LoveTriangle [[DyingDeclarationOfLove ended]], and this time Klan and Mikhail got to be together]].
** It's less bittersweet if you read Kawamori's latest interview in Animedia. [[spoiler: WordOfGod seemed both amused and surprised that people's sadder (and inaccurate) interpretations when he assumed he was "obvious". He confirmed that Alto is alive and Sheryl awoke from the coma at the end of the movie. There was a hint of the characters outcome in the credits... We can "imagine" the rest]].
*** Confirmed EarnYourHappyEnding: [[http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/4809/064f301b.jpg This pic]] from "[[http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4048546201/ Macross F Visual Collection Sheryl Nome - FINAL]]".
* BizarreAlienBiology: The Vajra don't have brains and have a HiveMind. What's bizarre about this is that the thing that connects them to the HiveMind are ''bacteria that live in their intestines''.
** Even more bizarre is the fact that the Vajra grow guided missiles inside their bodies as well as a small WaveMotionGun.
* {{BFG}}: Both Macross Quarter's Macross Cannon and the Koenig Monster's massive artillery cannons. See above link.
** Battle Frontier and [[spoiler:Battle Galaxy]] also sport impressive [=BFGs=].
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Brera has a relatively small deployable knife.
* BodyBackupDrive: [[spoiler: Grace, who was killed by the dimension eater in ep. 13, and gunned down by Leon's troops in ep. 21 - she showed up alive, well, and fondling her own boobs by the end of the episode. Of course, she's transhuman, backed up all over the place, can download into multiple bodies, and is shown onscreen to be just the front consciousness for ''an entire conspiracy'' riding along in her body.]]
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: The Vajra bits infected Ranka in utero. In a gigantic fake-out, they turn out to be ''quite nice'' as they are considered antibodies. They even heal Sheryl's more traditional version.]]
* BoobsOfSteel: At full size, Klan is significantly better endowed than the other Zentradi members of SMS. Guess who the ace is?
** Also played with a bit, as when Klan micronizes, she's not only unusually small in stature, but in the chest department, too, being the only girl [[spoiler: flatter than Ranka]].
* BoomHeadshot: '''Inverted'''. Headshots don't kill Vajra, center of mass shots do.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Sheryl, Ranka, Klan.]]
* BridgeBunnies: Of course. Monica, Mina, and Ram fill this role for [=SMS=].
* BugWar: Elements of this are Deconstructed as [[spoiler:the Vajra, too, are sentient; they're just in a different way than humans due to HiveMind.]]
* CallBack:
** Dramatic rescuing of women by catching them as they fall through the air.
** Sheryl tries to disguise herself in public by putting on a big pair of oversized sunglasses. Her outfit also includes a number of elements, such as a big beret, that were worn by Minmei at one point or another.
** Ozma is a fan of Fire Bomber and thus names a formation "Totsugeki Love Heart", and the episode focused on him uses Fire Bomber music.
** [[spoiler: The useage of pineapple-based food to suggest death. Key word being "suggest," heh heh heh.]]
** In the movie, formation [=MMJenius=] for Michel and K.K.
** In the movie, the Macross Quarter does a pinpoint barrier punch followed by destroids filling up the enemy mothership with ordnance from the inside.
** K.K. uses Mylene Jenius' bass while the drums are manned by the strongest woman of the team. Michel dresses up as Basara.
** Formation Big Wednesday is similar to Isamu Dyson's plan to break through Earth's defense grid.
** [[spoiler: Alto folding out with the Vajra Queen is similar to the ending of Macross Zero]]
* CampGay: Bobby
** Macross Frontier does enjoy playing with its tropes, however, so of course it's the CampGay who has a tendency to go from fruity to '''[[HotBlooded BURNING RIGHTEOUS FURY]]''' at the drop of a hat, to the shock of anyone not familiar with him (and the terror of the object of his ire).
* CanonImmigrant: The VB-6 König Monster first appeared in the Playstation game Macross Digital Mision VF-X. Macross Frontier is the first animated Macross series in which it has appeared - see above link for it in action. Fan theory holds that it got in due to its awesome, gigantic toy.
** Macross VF-X2 PS1 Game protagonist Aegis Focker appears in the Macross Frontier Light Novel as a Colonel.
** Also Macross 13 Earth defense fleet commanded by Lt. Gen. Kim Kabirov in the Macross Frontier novelization's depiction of the battle over Earth.
** Macross 11, only mentioned in Macross Dynamite 7 and Macross English Anticipation manga, also appears.
* CatchAFallingStar: A visual quote of a famous scene from ''SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' in episode 2.
** Alto catches another falling star in a more traditional manner in episodes 1 and 8.
** The NonSerialMovie does this a lot. [[spoiler:Sheryl even [[InvokedTrope invokes]] the trope by intentionally jumping off the stage in this version, but she has a backup plan in case he fails]].
* ChekhovsGun: Hung aroung the walls in bunches. And still counting.
** With Chekhov's {{BFG}} being [[spoiler:Sheryl's earrings, a small token of TheLadysFavour that ultimately ends up saving Alto and prove crucial to saving the fleet because they're made of Fold Quartz. Doubly so given the earrings are in MacrossZero]].
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Grace O'Connor]] ''VERY'' much so.
* CherryTapping: Ozma's CrowningMomentOfAwesome in Episode 17 is this, as he uses the VF-25's combat knife and head lasers to kill a Large-type Vajra. [[spoiler: Though it wasn't entirely by choice, since the Vajra had become immune to nukes, missiles and guns.]]
* ChildSoldiers: Several of them in [=SMS=]. If we're taking by the under 18 thing, then they'd consist of Alto, Mikhail and Luca. Out of the three, Luca's the youngest [=SMS=] contractor as 15 with Alto and Mikhail at 17.
* ChivalrousPervert: Michael.
* ChromaticArrangement: Alto is blue, Sheryl is red, Ranka is green. Goes even for their hair mostly. Although Sheryl's strawberry-blond somewhat deviates, some of it still shows as pink, which is an acceptable substitute for red.
* CleanCut: A Hydra meets its end like this. Ew.
* ColdSniper: Partial, Mikhail can be pretty dispassionate while sniping.
* ContinuityCameo: ''Wings of Goodbye'' has [[spoiler:a 40-year-old [[MacrossPlus Isamu Alva Dyson]] as an SMS pilot, still using his YF-19 "Alpha One".]]
** [[spoiler:Supplemental material says it's an upgraded VF-19C equipped with current generation tech, and that he managed to defeat both Ozma and Gilliam in mock combat trials while testing the VF-19EF Caliburn.]]
* ContinuityNod: A lot of them, actually.
** Maj. Ohgotwai, the Zentradi commander in ep. 12, looks nearly identical to Breetai Kridanik and stands on a bridge with the same design with a shorter, slightly deformed advisor. Tehmzin, the rebel leader, is also suspiciously similar to Kwamzin Kravshera. This might be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the free use of cloning among Zentradi, who could just use the same genetic pattern, though.
*** Frontier also continues the running gag of all Zentraedi being raging otaku, most notably the owner of the SMS, an otaku obsessed with model trains [[spoiler: and lost pop star Lynn Minmei]]
** Ozma is a devoted fan of the [[{{Macross7}} ''Fire Bomber'']]. Also, Sheryl likes to quote Basara's CatchPhrase "Listen to my song!" when she gets into serious IdolSinger mode. Bobby refers to Basara as "Basara-sama."
*** She modifies it using the more appropriate "atashi" than Basara's "ore," though.
** It doesn't end there in the manga it is explained that Alto's father knew Isamu in the past
*** When Luca unleashes [[spoiler: his Ghost AIF-7S's against Grace's Ghost V-9's]], he calls them something along the lines of "the terror of Macross City."
** The series aired on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the original ''SuperDimensionFortressMacross''. Let's see now... Frontier is the ''25''th colonization fleet Earth sent out, Ranka is one-quarter Zentradi (1/4 = ''25''%), we have Macross ''Quarter'' (same as before), the series has ''25'' episodes, it aired at 1:''25'' AM on Friday (''25:25'' Thursday, according to how the Japanese write their TV guides), the main {{Mecha}} in the series is the VF-''25'' Messiah... the writers really went to town with the anniversary {{Shout Out}}s.
** The Macross Attack is the Daedalus Attack/Maneuver with less dakka.
** Blink and you'll miss this one: when Leon is talking to an unknown informant in the ''MacrossZero'' movie shooting episode, the Hydra is said to have come from a certain planet called [[MacrossPlus Eden]].
*** Speaking of ''MacrossZero'', Sheryl ''[[ThereAreNoCoincidences Nome]]''. [[spoiler:She is in fact Mao's Granddaughter]]
** According to Kawamori, the VF-25's reporting name, "Messiah", comes from Minmei's song "Little White Dragon".
** In the Movie, Klan and Mikhail use the "MM Jenius" formation.
** The hand gestures used to remote-control the [=VFs=] are based on the ones Isamu used to visualize his flight in MacrossPlus.
*** Speaking of MacrossPlus, in the ''Wings of Goodbye'' film, there is a brief cameo of a VF-19 joining the final battle, with its pilot heavily implied to be none other than the infamous [[MacrossPlus Isamu Dyson]] himself.
** Ranka works for the "Nyan-Nyan" noodle shop. The original, of course, was owned by Lynn Minmay's aunt and uncle, and was a frequent hangout of the cast of the original series..
** In one episode, Ozma tells the others to use the formation [[{{Macross 7}} Planet Dance.]] In the finale, he orders them to use formation "Totsugeki Love Heart!"
* CoolCar: Sheryl Nome's Ferrari California in Nyan Cli. It's a stick. As well as Ozma's Lancia Delta.
* CoolPlane: Naturally, given the nature of the series. Even the [[RedShirtArmy Nightmare Plus]] looks awesome in fighter mode, and the movie's YF-29 Durandal combines a slick design with a perfect storm of BeamSpam, MoreDakka and, naturally, MacrossMissileMassacre.
* CouldntFindAPen: In the TV series, Sheryl is struck by inspiration while perusing a Zentraedi mall with Alto, and uses a tent-sized pair of panties as paper.
** In ''Wings of Goodbye'', [[spoiler:she does it again, this time writing the lyrics to the eponymous song on a wall in her own blood]].
* CovertPervert: Luca. When Sheryl teases that Alto is her "slave," his first thought? Alto BoundAndGagged with a [[FetishFuel Dog collar]] being stepped on by a {{Stripperiffic}} Sheryl [[WhipItGood Dominatrix]]!
* CreatorCameo: The director of the Macross Zero movie looks a lot like ShojiKawamori.
* CuteLittleFangs: Ranka.
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Averted and played straight.
** It's painfully played straight in one of the drama [=CDs=]. [[spoiler:Grace delves into her time with Sheryl in one, and admits that after ten years of spending time with Sheryl, she's started to care for her and feels that these feelings may get in the way of her mission. She rewrites her own personality to delete them.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Ranka, [[spoiler:Sheryl, and to some degree Michel.]]
** Alto also has a bit of one with his father and his former Kabuki career. Its more apparent in the movies when he talks about it with Ranka, where it's a borderline Nightmare Fuel story of a LossOfIdentity that verged on CriticalExistenceFailure.
* DarkReprise: Aimo O.C. and Ai Oboete Imasuka ~bless the little queen~. The former changes the lyrics to absolutely gut-wrenching effect. In the latter, the lyrics are hardly changed at all; the impact is all in how and where it's used.
* ADeathInTheLimelight: [[spoiler: {{Subverted}} for Ozma Lee, complete with an episode designed specifically by ShojiKawamori to remind fans of another ADeathInTheLimelight episode from the first series.]]
* {{Deconstruction}}: Most ''Macross'' shows contain at least one time-relevant deconstruction, and for [=MacF=] that was Klan Klan, who is, on the whole, an absolutely '''''vicious''''' taking-apart of the MoeMoe archetype, at times almost to the point of being mean-spirited. Episode 17 [[spoiler:also blasts apart overly foreshadowed character deaths that especially use cooking metaphors, which ironically ''SDF Macross'' had made popular two decades prior]]. Of course, in episode 20 [[spoiler:it then applies the other half of this trope with the absolutely shocking and [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] death of Micheal Blanc]].
** Arguably, Ranka herself is a pretty fierce deconstruction of Moe, this may or may not come from the fact that even though Ranka was created to appeal to a [[MoeMoe certain]] [[{{Otaku}} crowd]], said crowd ended up being the fans that disliked her the most. [[spoiler: They would claim that despite her many "[[LuckyStar Moe points]]", she still royally screws up in the last few episodes.]]
* DidTheyOrDidntThey After episode 22 many shippers practically ripped their hair out trying to figure out [[spoiler: Whether or not Alto and Sheryl had sex. [[AllThereintheManual They did]].]]
** In the light novels to the AU movie that is clear. As far as the TV Series goes that was left to 'viewer interpretation'.
*** Correction: There are two versions of the light novels. The original 4 volumes were dedicated to the TV series, and it was revealed clearly to the readers that the deed was done. Then there are 2 more books for movies. There is also no such thing as Macross AU except Macross II. Per an interview with Kawamori in Chaos Anime Taizen published in 2009, he stated that any given Macross TV series do not hold a higher canon status over subsequent movies, and both consist the interpretation of events occurred within a timeline.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: VF-25 Messiah and VF-27 Lucifer. Yeah...
* DoNotGoGentle: The opportunity to help save the fleet comes to [[spoiler:Sheryl, because her V-type infection has entered the terminal stage, which gives her the side effect of being able to affect the Vajra with her song]].
* DrillSergeantNasty: Mikhail's training regimen in episode 4; a mild subversion in that Alto and Mikhail are friends otherwise, and it isn't so much that Alto needs training as it is that he needs a bit of a humility lesson.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Alto.
** It's also a plot point that Alto [[spoiler:had a famous performance as a woman on the kabuki stage shortly before quitting acting]].
* DudeShesLikeInAComa: [[spoiler:Luca to Nanase]] in episode 24.
* Ending spoilers ([[NonSerialMovie Movies]]): [[spoiler: almost a DyingDeclarationOfLove]]: [[spoiler:Resolving the LoveTriangle]].
* Ending spoilers: [[spoiler:EarnYourHappyEnding: With prejudice.]]
* EarthShatteringKaboom: The Dimension Eater.
* Ending Spoilers ([[NonSerialMovie Movies]]): [[spoiler:EsotericHappyEnding, Potentially]]: [[spoiler:Story goes that the fandom had quite an outcry at the ending to the second movie, which left Alto apparently dead, Sheryl in a coma, and the ending bit is pretty much Ranka being ever the optimist and saying she's sure Sheryl will wake up when Alto is back, and she's sure he'll be back. [[TearJerker Everyone cried]]. An interview with Kawamori not long after basically said "Dudes, Alto didn't die, and Sheryl woke up. Where did you get these crazy notions?" He also once said he thought Sad Endings stuck with people more, so YMMV.]]
** [[spoiler: This is also the same Shoji Kawamori that may have had Hikaru, Misa and Minmay sucked into a black hole in the manual to Macross M3 just so he could get fans to stop asking if they would ever appear in another Macross production, so, yeah.]]
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Ozma Lee
* Ending Spoilers: [[spoiler: EverybodyLives: The end of episode 24 hints strongly at KillThemAll, but then the last episode plays out and in the end ''none'' of the good guy cast ends up dying. Even the terminally IllGirl is suddenly cured]].
** [[spoiler:Subverted in ''The Wings of Goodbye''.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: What's that? No women of royal blood in ''MacrossFrontier''? Like that'll stop us. Now get Alto-hime into a kimono and some kabuki makeup, stat!
* EvilutionaryBiologist: [[spoiler: Grace again]]. At least partially.
* ExpressiveHair: Ranka, WordOfGod has it that this is a rare Zentradi trait.
* {{Expy}}: Bobby Margot both looks and acts eerily similar to Bob from SpeedGrapher.
** Heck, they even share the same first name.
** The Vajra are basically Bug like versions of the Space Monsters from {{Gunbuster}} and {{Diebuster}}. The Gohma from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' are an expy of both creatures.
* FallingIntoTheCockpit: Deconstructed; [[JumpedAtTheCall here it's a bit more like a willing leap]], and it's because Alto was in the area that the VF-25's pilot got killed in the first place. Also, he's hardly inexperienced; he's been training to fly for a couple of years and is second in his class after Michel, so he did have a pretty good idea of what he was doing; Ozma and Michel even note that he's pretty good for somebody who just jumped into the cockpit. Afterwards, when he was brought to the SMS base to explain what happened that led to Gilliam's death and he demanded to be given a Valkyrie when a scramble order was issued, Ozma socked him in the face and had him thrown out; it's only afterwards that Ozma offers him a chance to prove himself, and that involves TrainingFromHell and having to go toe-to-toe with one of SMS' best pilots before he is considered for pilot duty.
** Utterly ''mocked'' when [[spoiler: Sheryl tries the same thing.]]
* {{Fanservice}}: Sheryl [[MsFanservice especially]], though the other characters get their moments
** TheMovie gives Alto a ShowerScene, which probably earned a {{Squee}} from many a fangirl. It also has ''quite'' a {{Fanservice}} shot of ''Grace O'Connor'' of all people. The ante was certainly upped, but Sheryl's title as MsFanservice [[{{Fanservice}} remains quite secure]].
* FighterLaunchingSequence: ''Numerous'' scramble sequences throughout the entire series, but to be fair, it's a series that's half about [[CoolShip cool]] HumongousMecha {{SpaceFighter}}s, which probably makes every one of these fighter launch sequences a form of FanService.
* FirstGirlAfterAll: In the movies, [[spoiler:Ranka is introduced as a friend of Alto's from the start, and Sheryl the outsider. Turns out Sheryl met Alto years before when they were kids with Sheryl fangirling over him and bringing him flowers. Sheryl apparently remembered this all along, but Alto doesn't realize Sheryl was that fangirl until the end of the second movie]].
* FirstGirlWins: Sheryl Nome. In the Movies [[spoiler: one of the girls met Alto several years earlier while Alto was doing Kabuki. She gave him flowers.]]
* FluffyTheTerrible: A mechanical example in the codename of the SMS' own Konig Monster (a mecha that whose basic ordnance is ''antimatter warheads'', and is otherwise so powerful to be considered a weapon of mass destruction), ''Rabbit''-1.
* FreudianSlip: Alto makes one in Episode 22. [[spoiler: He mistakes Sheryl for his mother. Guess what happens next...]]
* FunnyAfro: Averted, because nobody talks about Bobby's hair.
* FutureSlang: At the time of first contact, "Deculture" was a Zentradi expletive used to express shock and awe, but is now being used as a slang term with more positive attributes.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Ranka's classmate Nanase, Sheryl, various Miss Macross contestants, and Klan Klan. Oh my GOD Klan Klan.
** There is a unique version of this early in Episode 1 with a close up of Sheryl's cleavage as artificial gravity gradually changes from zero-G to 0.75-G.
* GambitPileup: [[spoiler: Grace, Leon and Bilrer all have plans to use each other for their plans, and the people on Galaxy (see TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness above) seem to have their own agenda.]]
** Interestingly, the trope is just as present in the NonSerialMovie, but [[OutGambitted who Out Gambits whom]] is completely different.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: [[spoiler:Sheryl to Ranka]] in episode 20. [[spoiler:She gets it back from Ranka]] in episode 25.
* GenreSavvy: Michel/Mikhail Blanc certainly seems to be - his comments to Cathy in Episode 17 [[spoiler: about how tragic it would've been if Ozma had really died]] point to this. [[spoiler: Perhaps that's why he avoided confessing to Klan Klan until Episode 20: it resulted in {{Going Down With The Ship}} and he invoked four or five {{death tropes}} as he expired.]]
** Alto also shows some of this, telling a fellow pilot about the "Valkyrie pilot's curse" that teasing a pilot about his girlfriend will result in getting shot down, a reference to Kakizaki's death in the original ''SuperDimensionFortressMacross''.
* GiantRobotHandsSaveLives {[[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]]. ''Awesomely.'')
* GlamorousWartimeSinger: Sheryl does some war recruitment advertisements/propaganda and dedicates some of her songs at concerts to the troops. [[spoiler:Then in episode 20 she has her MusicForCourage scene, and in episode 22, the aftermath of that attack, she throws a concert for charity]]. Sheryl goes to do this more traditionally to a Marine Regiment, but when she faints from illness, Ranka has to come in to sing instead, successfully causing NoseBleed.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: The Vajra get this in the first episode to show they mean business, and other Vajra ended up getting these too [[spoiler: in Episode 20, as the Frontier-born green Vajra go on a murderous rampage through the ship. Even Ai-kun gets them in Episode 23, and kidnaps Ranka shortly thereafter despite her asking him to tell the Vajra they mean no harm.]]
* GodivaHair: Sheryl, in her fanservice scenes.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Often used when the Vajra squish/vivisect/otherwise end human lives. Mildly subverted when the [[spoiler:Vajra run amok in Island 1]], where you get the usual blood-only scene: the next is of the man's blood dripping onto an innocent bystander below, who looks up just to see the man's torso hurled over the edge, as [[http://www.new-un-spacy.com/forfansonly/ani-macross-severed.gif seen here]].
* GracefulLoser: [[spoiler:Appropriately enough, Grace O'Connor --]] after having thrown everything including the kitchen sink at the heroes, she gets to stare down the barrel of a VF-25's sniper pod long enough to realize what's coming next, and simply gives a resigned sigh of defeat.
* GratuitousEnglish: Everywhere, usually on printed documents and signs, most of which are printed in English. Some spoken English as well.
** A hilarious example is when Leon looks over some background papers, one of a random nobody, and one of Ranka Lee. Ranka's is brutally engrished as if someone had written it in Japanese and then used Google Translate for expediency and cost, while the other guy's is a copy and pasted perfect English ShoutOut to jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie.
* GroupieBrigade: Sheryl has one, and she often conceals her identity in public early on.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Ranka is one-quarter Zentradi, and Mikhail's ears are more than a bit suspicious; also, thinking about how humanity was almost wiped out in the original ''SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', about sixty years before the start of the series, and at how many people there are currently in the series' universe -- two planets and 25+ colonization fleets -- it's likely that most of Frontier's population has at least a small part of Zentradi blood.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Brera]] in episode 25. Justified [[spoiler:the little device on his head that allows remote control of him breaks.]]
* HelloBoys: Sheryl Nome in the first ten seconds of Deculture Edition, which was basically the test pilot episode for the series. I have two tropes for you: BarbieDollAnatomy and MsFanservice.
* HeroicResolve: Shown by multiple characters in the series, best exemplified [[spoiler: by Alto, Sheryl and Ranka in the 2nd movie when faced with annihilation by a merger Battle Frontier and Vajra Queen]].
*** [[spoiler: Alto: "With the fire in my heart, I'll deliver your song."]]
*** [[spoiler: Sheryl and Ranka: "Alto!"]]
*** [[spoiler: Alto: "That's my dance in the sky."]]
*** [[spoiler: Ranka: "Wind to your wings!"]]
*** [[spoiler: Sheryl:"Song to the Galaxy."]]
** Sheryl gets another one earlier in the movie [[spoiler: where when questioned by Alto on the safety of singing while she's already weak and dying, she declares that "Don't you get it, if I die, it should be on stage!"]].
* HeroicSacrifice:[[spoiler:Go with God in all the dark places you may walk, Michael Blanc. Klan will not forget your sacrifice.]]
** This particular example has a whole bunch of subtropes attached: [[spoiler: DeathByIrony in a way, since he was joking about "it'd be tragic if [Ozma] had actually died"; ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice ''and how'', even though he's a ''hero''; TheLastDance and OutWithABang, and how; ThrownOutTheAirlock to let viewers know he's been KilledOffForReal; ReallyDeadMontage, natch; and of course, DyingDeclarationOfLove. Way to make your death even ''more'' traumatic, Michael.]]
** The second movie has [[spoiler: Sheryl pulling one of these to save Ranka. It's colored with shades of IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy since Sheryl is convinced [[IncurableCoughofDeath her days are numbered]]. [[DisneyDeath It turns out she's not quite dead]] but it's the thought that counts, right?]]
* HighSpeedMissileDodge (Both attempted and successful, pretty much any time one of the [[AcePilot ace pilots]] is present)
* HimeCut: Alto-hime.
* HiveMind: Each Vajra hive is effectively a single being composed of uncounted thousands or millions of drones and a HiveQueen. [[spoiler:Grace O'Connor's eventual plan is to turn humanity into one of these, by taking them over using the Vajra as soldiers, then instituting mandatory cybernetics implantation, with herself at the top. The Galaxy conspiracy she is a member of appears to be one already.]]
** [[spoiler:Also, unlike most Hive Minds, they are more akin to true insects in that they actually do have individual minds, but are in constant communication with each other and the Queen. As a result, they don't really ''get'' individuality.]]
* HotScientist: [[spoiler:Grace O'Connor and Ranshe]].
* HumanAliens: The Zentradi would look almost human, if they weren't twenty meters tall. They ''do'' look human, and genetically are the same species, in their micronized state.
** At the same time, though, it seems that the artists have increasingly decided to make the Zentradi [[OurElvesAreBetter gigantic space elves.]]
* HumongousMecha
* IAmWho: A recurring internal conflict between Alto, Sheryl and Ranka.
* [[IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn I Didn't Mean To Turn You On]]: If being stuffed in a cramped locker with Sheryl weren't already enough, Alto's cellphone has the [[strike:mis]]fortune of going off while his hip is wedged right between her thighs...and it's on ''vibrate''.
* IdolSinger: Sheryl and Ranka.
* IGotYouCovered: During the series's final battle.
* ImprobableAge: Alto's schoolmates Mikhail and Luca and, after episode 4, Alto himself , are HiredGuns, despite being at best 17 years old.
* ImprobablePilotingSkills: Naturally.
* ImTakingHerHomeWithMe!: Ranka does this to Ai-kun. [[spoiler:And then Ai-kun does it to Ranka.]]
* ImpossiblyLowNeckline: Sheryl has an outfit like this in the opening credits for episodes 18-24. Yay {{Fanservice}}!
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: [[spoiler:Sheryl.]]
* InfiniteSupplies: Averted and explained - the Frontier fleet seems to reside near substantial asteroid belts for raw building material, multiple Islands are devoted largely to agriculture, the closed biosystems of the Islands assists in air reclamation, and we are even shown that the dead are broken down and recycled for various purposes. Later on, major hull breaches on the islands that can't be patched immediately are shown to have fairly dire consequences in terms of water supply and air quality.
* {{Instrumentality}}: The final goal of BigBad [[spoiler:Grace O'Connor]].
* ItsAllMyFault: Ozma isn't related to Ranka, but takes care of her since he blames himself for not being able to protect her family.
** Mikhail also seems to suffer from this to some degree; he's extremely hard on himself for what happened to his sister when he was younger and may blame himself for not preventing her suicide.
* Ending Spoilers (Movies) [[spoiler: InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn: Except for song support from Sheryl and Ranka, Alto and the YF-29 fly the last part of the FinalBattle alone while everyone else watches]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Alto and Michel/Mikhail/Michael/how-the-hell-EVER you want to spell his name both play this trope fairly straight, respectively demonstrating the Angsty Pretty Boy and Too-Cool Ladies' Man variants.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Michael.]]
* TheLadysFavour: Sheryl does this twice to Alto, the first when he and the [[PrivateMilitaryContractors SMS soldiers]] were sent to aid the attacked Macross Galaxy Fleet and the second before the FinalBattle [[spoiler:against the REAL Galaxy Fleet and the mind-controlled Vajra horde]].
* LampshadeHanging: Noted above but there's a lot of shades in this show. There's Alto and his "Princess" callsign/nickname, and there's also a conversation between Klan and Mikhail in which Mikhail points out "If we ever became romantically involved, I'd probably be [[{{Lolicon}} arrested for pedophilia.]]", which netted him a very literal ArmorPiercingSlap, as Klan slapped the head of his [[TransformingMecha Battroid]] so hard he got bashed around in the cockpit. Even later on, [[spoiler:Ozma nearly gets killed in the exact same way as Roy Focker once did, and the camera then cuts to the hospital with Michael mentioning that it'd be tragic if Ozma had actually died.]]
** Later on, Alto one of Alto's wingman gives him some light-hearted grief over Sheryl being his girlfriend. His other wingman reminds him of the Valkyrie Pilots' Curse: trashtalking about your bro's girlfriend gets you killed. Sure enough, it happens.
* LikeYouWereDying: [[spoiler:Sheryl lives out her last days as if she had won the LoveTriangle. Alto either plays along out of sympathy or she really did win his heart, depending on your interpretation (or which ship you support)]].
* LimitedWardrobe: Many of the characters are never seen out of their school uniforms unless they're meant to suit up for battle (or the beach/pool).
** Averted with Sheryl who seems to have an UnlimitedWardrobe.
* LivingShip: Vajra ships in general, since they're basically just bigger members of their race who can carry other, smaller members inside them.
* LockedInAFreezer: Alto, Sheryl and Ranka in episode 3.
* LossOfIdentity: This is Alto's whole backstory. His coping with who he is is his personal plot line, [[spoiler:and probably significantly contributed to his lack of decisiveness on [[LoveTriangle a certain other matter]]]].
* LoveHurts: When Ranka sees Alto and Sheryl holding each other somewhat intimately, it absolutely breaks her heart (made more painful by the fact that she was about to confess her love to him). These emotions inadvertently end up calling the Vajra.
* LoveTriangle: A staple of the franchise, [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded by]] frequent triangle imagery throughout the series.
* LyricalDissonance: The first opening, Triangular. Sounds upbeat and happy, but in reality it's about a girl who's being tortured by her lover's indecisiveness and throws herself at him in an attempt to not feel desperately lonely.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: [[TropeNamer Of course]]. The mecha in this series take this to the extreme. The full armored version of the VF-25 is armed with a whopping [[MoreDakka 210 micro missiles]], with the option to carry [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Konig Monster's antimatter warheads]].
* MadScientist: [[spoiler: Grace]], naturally. She has at least two papers in the ''(Cosmo) Nature'', which already sets her higher than most (if the ''Nature'' would keep its reputation in the next half century, as it does so for at least last century and half), and certainly fits other requirements, at least about proper megalomania.
* MauveShirt: Alto gets a couple new wingmen in Episode 23, one a {{fanboy}} of Sheryl Nome complete with NoseArt of her on his plane. [[spoiler:They get killed by V-9 Ghosts in the last episode]].
* {{Meganekko}}: Nanase.
* MeaningfulName: Alto Saotome. Alto means [[AcePilot high]] and [[DudeLooksLikeALady the deepest female classical singing voice]]. Saotome is also an important name in Kabuki.
* MegatonPunch: ''Macross'' class battleships can perform this in battle mode. For an added bonus, their 'fists' can house mecha with [[NukeEm Reactive Missles]] to blow you up from the inside ''after'' they've punched you. [[MemeticMutation Because nothing says "Fuck you" like punching them in the face with an aircraft carrier.]] [[spoiler: Except when you use two aircraft carriers.]]
* MemeticHandGesture:
** The "Kira~" gesture, coupled with memetic mutation.
** The Nyan Nyan dance goes along with the Nyan Nyan song.
** Sheryl's pose in the Diamond Crevasse single cover is something of a lesser meme, with an AffectionateParody on a LuckyStar album. Also popular with Sheryl cosplay.
* MemeticBadAss: Machida, the only NUNS pilot that knows what "Transformation!" means. He's on screen for maybe 30 seconds in a single episode (in which he is BadAss), and we never see his face (though he does get a BadAssBoast and a Isamu Punch), but his memorable moment transcends space and time like ChuckNorris such that ''any'' RedShirt extra piloting a vehicle who does something BadAss was ''clearly'' Machida.
* MindControl or maybe MoreThanMindControl: [[spoiler:Ranka in episode 24. She [[ThePowerOfFriendship gets better]].]] Subverted somewhat, in that [[spoiler:her freshly regained memories about her childhood were used to manipulate her.]]
* MidSeasonUpgrade: Subverted by [[spoiler: Alto and Luca DOWNGRADING from the VF-25 to a VF-171 variant, the VF-171EX. It actually still ends up being a badass plane objectively, but even Alto complains that it's a jalopy.]]
** But from the perspective of the [[RedShirtArmy NUNS pilots]]...played straight, as the basic VF-171 had become useless against the Vajra.
* MoCapMecha: The Quarter turns into this during ''The Wings of Goodbye'', where it's synced to Captain Wilder's movements... as [[SkySurfing he surfs the Quarter into the atmosphere.]] On a piece of [[CrazyAwesome random debris]]. And it is CrazyEnoughToWork and ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]].''
* MusicForCourage: See the trope entry for details.
* MythologyGag:
** The Macross Quarter does a technique followed by a big dramatic pose and a display of the name of the technique, similar to [[{{Anime/GenesisOfAquarion}} Genesis of Aquarion.]]
** [[spoiler: Ranka singing to strengthen the Vajra while her image is projected into space is similar to how the Emulators worked from Macross II.]]
** The use of surfing, even with HumongousMecha, references [[{{Anime/EurekaSeven}} Eureka Seven]], another series with mechanical design by ShojiKawamori.
* NonSerialMovie: Two of them, in fact. Unable to fit everything into a single movie, we get ''The False Songstress'' and ''The Wings of Goodbye'' set in an AlternateContinuity where things happen very differently.
* NoseArt: A fair bit, and if you count the extra merchandise or the VF air show clip you get a fair dose of Type 3. Notable examples:
** The Koenig Monster gets pinup girls, namely the show's {{Idol Singer}}s. Ranka in the series, and Sheryl in the movies.
** Ozma's VF-25 has the traditional skull of Skull Squadron painted on his Valkyrie (and his car).
** Alto's MauveShirt wingman he acquires in Episode 23 is a huge Sheryl Nome {{fanboy}}, and has her painted on his VF-171EX.
** The VF Air Show has a full dose of Type 3, with two Valkyries featuring full body paint jobs, one of Ranka and one of Sheryl (merchandising does this in several other versions as well for the inevitable scale model Vakyries).
* NoTranshumanismAllowed: Aboard ''Frontier''; this makes then unique among the larger setting.
* NukeEm: As the series progresses, nukes are the only thing able to hurt the Vajra.
* ObliviousAdoption: Maybe-- Ozma isn't Ranka's real brother, but it's unknown if Ranka knows this.
** Given Ranka's past, [[spoiler: which includes her real family being wiped out with the rest of the 117th Deep Exploration fleet, and the resulting {{Trauma Induced Amnesia}} that has taken all memories of her childhood]], this appears to be a given.
*** [[spoiler: By Episode 23, she's getting a clue that Brera may really be her brother, as she's remembered that Ozma wasn't her 'real' big brother as she's recovering memories from her childhood.]]
* OfCorsetsSexy: Sheryl's ImpossiblyLowNeckline outfit that she wears in the last episode.
* TheOjou: Sheryl.
* OldSchoolDogfight: While clearly very aware of space and its properties in a lot of the technical specifications (such as Super Packs, designed for space and generally useless in an atmosphere due to all the drag it adds), visually it still looks like this as they're DoingItForTheArt.
** The only fighters that ''ever'' [[SubvertedTrope behave as if they're really in space]] are the [[spoiler:Ghost V-9s]] and occasionally Brera's VF-27 Lucifer, both of which generally kicks ''everyone'' else's ass. The increased maneuvering is explained as being able to tolerate higher G-Forces. [[spoiler:The Ghost V-9s especially, as they don't even look like they have ''mass'' let alone suffer from atmospheric friction, leading to some [[EpilepticTrees interesting theories]] as to [[Franchise/MassEffect why that is]].]]
*** Weirdly enough, Episode 13 appears to actually ''[[InvertedTrope invert]]'' the trope. Brera's VF-27 dodges Alto's gun burst sideways ''in'' an atmosphere.
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: The voices that appear during [[spoiler:Grace's inner discussions, actually the population of Macross Galaxy]].
* OneWingedAngel: We were all thinking it when we saw [[spoiler:Grace's Vajra Queen]] in the last episode.
* OpeningNarration
* OurWeaponsWillBeBoxyInTheFuture: Partially. Standard assault rifles and handguns look much like they do today, but the heavier rifles carried by EX-Gear-equipped troopers play this trope straight.
* PastelChalkedFreezeFrame: Sheryl at the end of episode 24.
* PhlebotinumRebel: [[spoiler: Brera and Ranka]].
* PintSizedPowerhouse: While the ''Macross Quarter'' is anything but small, it is 'only' 400 meters long compared to the 1.6 kilometer long ''Macross Frontier'' and ''Galaxy'' main battleships. All this means is that the ''Quarter'' can transform to [[MegatonPunch punch you in the face]] faster than the bigger capital ships.
* PistolPose: Sheryl gives one in her war propaganda commercial [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou after she shoots you]].
* [[{{Fanservice}} Playing To The Fetishes]]: Oh God, Sheryl Nome in her Universal Bunny concert in TheMovie. ''She [[LesYay french kisses]] [[ScrewYourself HERSELF]]''.
** Her opening number in the second movie, "Forbidden Elixir" is loaded with enough suggestive lyrics and imagery to more than give Universal Bunny some [[IncrediblyLamePun stiff competition]]. Not least of which includes Sheryl practically being ravished by a gender-swapped version of herself.
* PlotBasedPhotographObfuscation: The photo of Ranka and her older brother that Alto finds inside the SDF-4.
* PostEpisodeTrailer: See you next deculture!
* PowerArmor: EX-Gears. While they don't exactly ''completely'' cover the wearer in armor, it does offer some protection, as well as amenities like SuperStrength, JetPack with [[{{Flight}} wings]], [[LatexSpaceSuit Space Suit]], [[HandyRemoteControl Slave Interface]] to your CoolPlane, and even [[RollerbladeGood Roller Blades]]! Also [[PowerFist your fist can break concrete]]. Come on, you know you want one.
** Queadlunns also count.
* PowerFist: More like a weaponized Power ''Aircraft Carrier'', but [[spoiler: Battle Frontier ''obliterates'' Battle Galaxy with its ''fist'']]. Don't you just love Point Barrier Systems? Especially fitting as [[spoiler:Battle Galaxy had just nearly obliterated Battle Frontier ''and'' Macross Quarter in one shot from its Macross Cannon. Fist beats Macross Cannon apparently]]. Presumably the fist of an EX-Gear is no joke either, as even Sheryl can do some serious damage to a wall (and eggs) with one.
* PowerPerversionPotential: 60-foot-tall women! At least one of which looks like a child in her micronized state! You can almost hear the [[FanArt fan artists]] [[{{Rule34}} scribbling furiously]].
* PreMortemOneLiner: "Be scattered to the ends of the galaxy." Delivered by [[spoiler:Brera just before he finally shoots down Alto]].
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: SMS, among the type that have improbable access to the latest toys, justified [[spoiler:as the manufacturer of the VF-25 uses their "services" to perform field testing in live combat]].
* [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race Girl]]: Klan, sort of. She's not always a raging berserker (although she does have her moments, especially after [[spoiler: Michael dies]]), but she '''is''' very proud of her Zentradi heritage and does seem to enjoy pointing out Zentradi combat superiority whenever possible.
* RagsToRiches: Part of Sheryl's backstory and can be taken quite literally.
* ReallyDeadMontage: A short one, [[spoiler: for Michael.]]
** Of course, [[spoiler:most of episode 17 is seemingly this for Ozma, who of course ends up surviving and then [[DeathByIrony Michael just has to go and poke]] at the fourth wall.]]
* RealRobot: The various VF-series and others.
* RedOniBlueOni: Klan/Michael, right down to color-coded mecha.
** These two are also a ShoutOut to Max and Milia. Human guy in a blue jet and Zentran girl in a red mech.
** Also Brera and Alto as blue and red, respectively, in the second opening.
* RedShirt: Poor Gilliam... also done to a member of the Pixie Squadron in episode 14, whose shirt was so deeply red the producers ''never bothered to even give her a voice actress.''
* RedShirtArmy: The UN Spacy forces are invariably hilariously ineffective against the Vajra, and their ineffectiveness is even used as a plot point to explain the existence and necessity of SMS.
** Subverted slightly in Episode 14 -- The NUNS can actually be effective, [[spoiler:once they break out the [[NukeEm reaction weaponry]]. Or maybe it's the fact that this was Diamond Force, an elite squadron first mentioned in Macross 7.]]
*** Then played straight by Episode 17, as the NUNS becomes ineffective again. By Episode 23, [[spoiler: as now Alto's leading a pack of them and they've got new anti-Vajra VF's and weapons]], they're a bit better than they were, but...
* RepeatCut: Sometimes used in high-impact situations like the firing of a WaveMotionGun; [[http://www.new-un-spacy.com/forfansonly/ani-macross-battle25firing.gif see here]]
* RepriseMedley: In the final episode.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The green, long-tailed, ''utterly adorable'' PantyThief [[spoiler: who is actually a Vajra larva.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler:Klan really did love Mikhail, and those Vajra took him away from her. What's a macro-sized Meltran to do? Strap on a VF-25 [[JetPack Super]] [[MacrossMissileMassacre Pack]], pick up a [[MoreDakka Valkyrie's gunpod]], and ''kill every last one of them'']]. ''This'' is why humans needed Battroid mode.
* {{Roboteching}}: Do we ''really'' need to explain?
* RuleOfCool: The last episode has what boils down to [[spoiler: a ''singing contest'' between the two female leads which determined whether the series' evil aliens up to this point are allied with the good guys or not, turning into an extended space battle set to music, and Alto sniping the BigBad of the series who has now become a ''super-dimensional galactic being.'' Oh, and the LoveTriangle omnipresent in the series is ''never resolved''.]] And it's ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Awesome]]''.
** SerialEscalation: The Movies. Oh Sweet Buddha, the movies take every thing from the series, which was UpToEleven to begin with, and take that UpToEleven.
* [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou Sheryl Nome Is About To Shoot You]]: The Galactic Fairy takes up arms for her homeland!
* SensorSuspense: When unmanned probes are first launched to examine the Vajra threat, all that is visible is a 3D display of their progress, followed by their symbols suddenly stopping and changing to say "LOST."
* SeparatedAtBirth: Brera Sterne is Ranka's real brother.
* SerenadeYourLover: Sheryl and Ranka both singing love song for Alto... at the same time. Provides the LoveTriangle pic.
* SexyDiscretionShot: Episode 22. [[spoiler:Sheryl gets deeply kissed by Alto, and she asks "Give me courage, please". Camera pans up as they begin their [[UnusualEuphemism courage-sharing]] session.]]
** [[spoiler:The light novelization of the TV series is noticeably less "discreet" about Alto and Sheryl's time together. Your mileage won't vary.]]
* ShootTheHostage: Possibly the most extreme example ever. [[spoiler: Alto saves the Vajra Queen by ''[[BoomHeadshot blowing her head clean off]]''. Her BizarreAlienBiology means she [[DidntNeedThoseAnyway didn't need it, anyway]].]]
* ShortAnimeMovie: '''Mercilessly''' subverted. The movie became so long they split it into ''two'' movies, and they are at least two hours long a piece.
* ShoutOut: Several, to every series from the original ''SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' to ''{{MacrossZero}}''; some of these also fall under the MythologyGag banner.
** Done hilariously as a [[ShowWithinAShow movie]] of the adventures of Shin Kudo during the events shown in Macross Zero, with [[spoiler: Ranka]] playing Mao Nome and scenes basically ripped straight out of Macross Zero.
*** Done doubly so, by episode 24 and the Blu-Ray re-release of Macross Zero [[spoiler: as it's revealed that Sheryl is Mao Nome's grand-daughter, somehow abandoned on Macross Galaxy... and the earrings in Macross Frontier were edited into a shot of Mao Nome's mementoes of her family in the Blu-Ray release of Macross Zero]].
** The final episode contains several shout-outs to the climactic battle scene of ''Do You Remember Love?'' It also has a shoutout (or three) to episode 27 of the original series, ''Love Drifts Away'', whose events were chronicled in said movie, [[spoiler: when Alto has to cut a human-size entrance through a bulkhead to rescue the girl, just as Hikaru had to.]]
** The whole concept of the villain being [[spoiler: an immortal transhuman with a robotic body]] is lifted directly from MacrossPlus.
** Meta ShoutOut: to ''[[RanmaOneHalf Ranma 1/2]]''s Ranma ''Saotome'' (too numerous and specific to ignore,) as well as real-life kabuki actor [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taichi_Saotome Taichi Saotome]], whom Alto might very well be an {{Expy}} of.
** Two references to Aquarion here too: first is a cargo vessel which Alto and Brera fight over, it resembles the segments of Aquarion Sol's Mugen Punch folded straight. The second is the 'Dimension Eater', which resembles shielding units for the cities. Not surprising seeing as how Kawamori designed the mechs for both series (which in turn has a Macross references, as one Aquarion combination resembles a Valkyrie Gerwalk).
*** The ring that appeared over the bride and groom in Sheryl's concert in the second movie is the same ring that appear whenever the Shadow Angel attack the humans.
*** Yoko Kano did the music for both series too.
** There's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it ShoutOut to Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion towards the end of the first episode. One shot of tanks firing on a Vajra is an almost exact replica of a shot of tanks firing on [[spoiler: Asuka]] in The End of Evangelion.
** And there's a little matter of [[spoiler:Giant Ranka]] during the finale too, a shoutout to Sharon Apple manifesting as a gigantic hologram in place of the SDF-1 Macross itself.
** Episode 17, amusingly enough, contains a Shout Out to ''{{Robotech}}'': [[spoiler:The episode is a WholePlotReference to the episode of the original ''Macross'' where Roy dies. The equivalent episode in ''Robotech'' was named "Farewell, Big Brother", while the ''Frontier'' episode is titled "Goodbye Sister".]]
** One of the SMS fighters in the Alto and Ozma scene near the middle of ''Songs of Goodbye'' bears the (slightly modified) [[TheFiveStarStories Mirage Knights]]' Blood Cross.
** Brera's "official" [=NUNS=] callsign Antares 1 [[AceCombatJointAssault is way too familiar since it's also the callsign of a certain Ace Combat protagonist.]] Although it can be a coincidence since Joint Assault was released mostly worldwide in 2010 while the TV series was first released in Japan in 2008.
** Manga/BlackJack can be seen [[http://mymy202.deviantart.com/art/Black-Jack-Cameo-Macross-Frontier-357398427?ga_submit_new=10%253A1362288037 in the background]] during the second movie.
** There's also CallBack to Anime/{{Macross 7}} in the second movie. Ranka and Alto are the only members of the group not dressed up in slightly modernized versions of Fire Bomber's outfits. (Fire Bomber is the band most of the main characters of ''7'' are in.) Mikhail's hair is even styled like Bassara's.
** In the BeachEpisode, Ranka and Alto wind up in an in-universe film adaptation of the events of MacrossZero.
* ShowDontTell: The source of headaches for fans. Both the movie and series needed explaining.
* ShowSomeLeg: Sheryl sneaks onto the bridge of the ''Macross Quarter''. When asked how she got past security, cut to a shot of a very happy security guard with a LipstickMark on his cheek.
* [[ShowWithinAShow Movie Within A Show]]: "Bird Human" is an in-universe film about the events of ''MacrossZero''. It's also the name of the last episode of the ''MacrossZero'' series.
* ShutUpKiss: [[spoiler:Dammit, Sheryl, Alto was about to spill his heart out and now ''we'll never know''.]]
* SingleStrokeBattle: Alto and Ozma do this in their ''space plane-robots''. [[spoiler: Ozma wins.]]
* SinisterSurveillance
* SlapSlapKiss: [[spoiler: Michael and Klan]] do this in episode 20.
* SleepModeSize: Klan Klan, an... ''extremely'' mature woman as a thirty-foot-tall Zentradi, becomes a physical and (slightly) ''mental'' preteen when she's micronized. She isn't completely immature when micronized, though, and some of her finest scenes are while "human-size".
* SmugSnake: Leon Mishima is this, especially as of episode 20. Also kind of played for comedy in that episode as it shows that Leon does not react to sudden changes very well and isn't nearly the {{Chessmaster}} he thinks he is. [[spoiler: this makes his receiving of his comeuppance in the last episode even more delicious.]]
* SnowMeansLove: Snow starts to fall on [[LoveTriangle Alto, Sheryl, and Ranka]] at the end of the first movie.
* SoapOperaDisease V-Type Infection: [[spoiler: Sheryl has this disease. Later it is revealed that Ranka also has the disease but since the disease was present when she was born it isn't fatal.]]
* SoHappyTogether: [[spoiler: Sheryl with Alto in Episode 24.]]
* SpaceMarine: Giant Zentraedi space marines at that.
* SpaceOpera: Epic space battles? Check. Oversized heroes and villains? Check. Awe-inspiring places? Check. Insanely gorgeous women? ''Definitely'' check. Big love stories? '''''[[LoveTriangle BIG CHECK]]'''''.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Klan Klein? Klein Klan? Klan Klan, Klein Klein? Kuran Kuran, DURAN DURAN? While official sources do help some now (coming down with Klan Klan), it remains a spot of contention with quite a few fans.
** As does Mikhail, whose name has been spelled (and pronounced in-series) at least three different ways on this page alone: Mikhail (Russian), Michel (French), Michael (English spelling in-universe).
** A magazine scan rendered it ''Clan Clang''.
** Sheryl Nome suffers a different version of this. While the fandom knows what her name is, ''official sources'' are known for misspelling it. The Lion opening title erroneously writes her name as "Sheryl Noam". Some early artwork also had a habit of writing her first name as Cheryl, taking the trope to its direct equivalent. Her last name in the Lion opening title was eventually fixed in the Blu-Ray release, although the album art shown very briefly in episode 18 is still misspelled.
* [[SpotlightStealingSquad Spotlight Stealing Star]]: Sheryl accidentally does this in episode 8. Ranka has just changed school, Mikhail has just called her the star of the school and declared he, Luca, Alto and Nanase would show her the school... And Sheryl appears to take a look around and make poor Luca have less than pure dreams about her relationship with Alto.
** She does it again at the end of the episode. After all, Sheryl was there just for a day, right? Wrong: she was looking around because she was about to [[spoiler: enroll the school]].
* StarfishAliens: The HiveMind known as the Vajra, though [[spoiler:they turn out to be quite nice and understandable after two-way communication is established.]]
* StockFootage: Some. Specifically, a few of the [[RedShirtArmy NUNS]] fight scenes and a group of shots where a Vajra blast tears through Island-1 see quite a bit of use.
* {{Stripperific}}: Sheryl, when performing on stage, alto calls her out on it after she slaps him for unexpectedly seeing her topless.
* StupidStatementDanceMix: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b80XKZmp5EA Nyan-nyan nyan-nyan ni hao nyan...]]
* SubspaceAnsible: Instantaneous galaxy-wide communication is made possible by [[MacGuffin fold quartz]].
* SuckingInLines: [[http://www.new-un-spacy.com/forfansonly/ani-macross-battle25firing.gif An integral part]] of the WaveMotionGun spam.
* SuperPrototype: The YF-29 from the second movie.
* VideoGame/SuperRobotWars: Makes its debut in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsL''. It also appears in ''VideoGame/{{Super Robot Wars Z}}2'', with the first movie making its debut (albeit only for the mecha) in ''Hakai-hen'' which is then replaced by the second movie's debut (again, only for the mecha) in ''Saisei-hen''. On that note, ''Saisei-hen'' also has ''{{Macross 7}}'', meaning we get to see Ozma actually meeting Basara. [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfFunny He freaks out and screams "BOMBAAAAAA!!"]]]]
** {{The Movie}}s make another appearance in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsUX'', presumably with their story intact this time.
*** And it's going to be in SRW OE. In fact if you include ACE R and Portable, its been in every single Banpresto robot cross over game from 2010-2013. It must be REALLY popular.
* TenMinuteRetirement: [[spoiler:Sheryl announces to Alto she doesn't want to sing anymore, though she doesn't tell him the exact reasons in episode 19. By episode 20 (chronologically later that same day) she finds a new reason to sing, and does so.]]
* ThematicThemeTune: ''Triangular''. There's a reason Macross Frontier has the trope pic for LoveTriangle.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Omnipresent. Whenever someone starts singing, expect Awesomeness. [[spoiler: Works for ''both'' sides by the end, thanks to Ranka's link to the Vajra hive network. Then she joins up with Sheryl to power Alto by singing a medly of pretty much every major song sung by either Rankan or Sheryl in the series called, amusingly enough, ''Nyan-Nyan Service Medley''. Deculture indeed!]]
** Mercilessly subverted in episode 14: [[spoiler:Sheryl tries to fight the Vajra in a Variable Fighter, and her theme music (Sagittarius 9 PM) kicks in... only to fade out as Sheryl is hit and forced to eject literally five seconds later.]]
** Basically this is a sort of '''expected''' {{Deconstruction}}: since here music '''really''' can power up your side, a an off-show power-up just won't cut it.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Alto seems to power-up his piloting skills when a friend's in danger. [[spoiler: This also helps Sheryl get better at the end of the series.]]
* TheShowMustGoOn: Alto's hotdogging during Sheryl's show causes Sheryl to fall into his arms. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Sheryl promptly orders him to get flying, and works it into the show.]]
* TheTease: Sheryl, especially with Alto.
* TheThingThatGoesDoink: In the courtyard of Alto's BigFancyHouse.
* TheWarSequence: See above link.
* TheWorfEffect: Unsurprisingly, Klan tends to get kicked around a bit by both the Vajra and by Brera when he's [[spoiler: more a [[TheDragon Dragon]] to Grace's BigBad than a hero.]]
* ThrownOutTheAirlock: [[spoiler: Michael]]. And in the Movies [[spoiler: Ozma and Sheryl, but they turn out NotQuiteDead.]]
* TransformingMecha: It's ''Macross''. This is a given.
* TranslationConvention: Given all the English documents and text in the series, it's assumed that despite being produced in Japanese, English is the official language for the setting of the show.
* TranslatorMicrobes: [[spoiler: the V-type infection]].
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: Ranka.
* TriangRelations: Starts out as a Type 9, with Alto in A, Ranka in B, and Sheryl in C; Ranka and Sheryl deeply care for each other, and both of course chase after Alto.
* TriumphantReprise: ''Nyan-Nyan Service Medly'' during the GrandFinale. Tragic songs become much less tragic in this version and upbeat songs become basically [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome pure awesome]].
* TrojanHorse: [[spoiler: the concert that Ranka and the SMS stages in Alcatraz as a cover to get in and break Sheryl out.]]
* {{Tsundere}}: Both Alto Saotome (Type A) and Sheryl Nome (Type B). Leads to [[BelligerentSexualTension interesting situations]].
** Klan counts as well.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Sheryl has this [[spoiler:prior to episode 18, after which it becomes a bit more limited, wearing the same outfit she wore in episode 18 most of the rest of the series]].
* UnstoppableRage: Ozma in episode 17, and especially Klan in episode 21.
* VaporTrail: Both inside the air-filled domes, and ''InSpace''.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Sheryl drops Alto's talisman down her shirt in the 5th episode as "insurance" that he'll keep his word to find a missing earring of hers.
** Also used to carry her cell phone in the movies, which possesses the ability to simply ''SWIM OUT'' when it goes off.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: In the movie, Sharon Apple is still considered to be in the same class as Minmei and Fire Bomber.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: [[spoiler: Ranka in Episode 25.]]
* WagonTrainToTheStars: The visual of the rounded air shields of the Islands making the idea nearly literal.
** In episode 16, The Owner's ([[spoiler: President Richard Bilrer]]) room, has a half-human-sized train tracks with toy trains running around. Then he activates the hologram depicting the galaxy, ''with the trains still running about''.
* WaveMotionGun: Superdimensonal Converging Beam Weapons, aka Macross Cannons, used by both the Macross Quarter and Vajra motherships. Some are in the style of a...
* WaveMotionTuningFork: Classic versions on the VF-27 and later the battle cannons on Macross Quarter in the movies, and finally the YF-29 in the second movie. Macross Quarter's {{BFG}} is something of a triple-pronged version.
* WhamEpisode:
** Episode 13 is perhaps the first major wham of the series, being mostly notable because it definitively reveals the BigBad. In addition, [[spoiler:the episode ends with Grace (aforementioned BigBad, though we had some inklings before) ''[[EarthShatteringKaboom destroying a planet]]'' with a bomb branded by LAI, which she stays behind to detonate, letting herself be consumed in the blast (this was before we realized that she could download into a new body). Furthermore, Ranka has been kidnapped by the Vajra, who turn out to have a ''huge'' fleet including several of the type of carrier that gave them huge trouble in episode 7, and Alto is about to be swallowed up by the death blast of the previously mentioned planet.]]
** Episode 18 represents a more personal wham episode for [[spoiler:Sheryl. All at once her career is forgotten, Grace (who for all intents and purposes raised her) ''gleefully'' betrays her, [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech rips into her]], and then tells her [[YourDaysAreNumbered she's going to die]] (because Grace intentionally infected her with the V-type virus years ago). Sheryl later in the episode has it confirmed: Grace wasn't making it up, she really is going to die]]. The character is never quite the same afterward, [[spoiler:but she was made a better person for it in later episodes, after she recovers from the wham]].
** Episode 20 broke the needle because the [=HSQ=] hasn't invented '''''numbers''''' for that kind of episode yet. Sweet loving Jesus Christ. Episode 20 could also count as MoodWhiplash [[spoiler: given how incredibly grim the situation is now. Practically everyone is bereaved of a loved one at this point and it seems impossible for the show to have any of its old lighthearted, optimistic tone anymore.]]
* WhereIWasBornAndRazed: [[spoiler: Ranka (twice,inadventedly), Grace (deliberately).]]
* XMeetsY: It's ''EndersGame'' meets... ''{{Macross}}'' (duh!).
* YouAreNotAlone: This is practically the mantra of ''The False Songstress'', [[spoiler:especially concerning Sheryl]].
* YourDaysAreNumbered: [[spoiler:Sheryl.]]
* YouFailBiologyForever: [[spoiler:Sheryl]] is infected by an alien desease caused by bacteria, but what is shown is clearly a microscope shot portraying muscle tissue and ''viruses''.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: ''Attempted'' several times... and [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption ''always failing'']]
* ZettaiRyouiki:
** Nanase with her school uniform, Ranka with one of her stage costumes. Sheryl wears the traditional and hotpants versions.
** Klan, with pigtails and Tsundere, is Grade S.

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