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The seminal series known as ''Super Dimension Fortress Macross'' originally started as a ''parody'' of Space Battleship Yamato & HumongousMecha series (notably ''MobileSuitGundam''). It later evolved into a "serious" series of its own. The name was originally to have been ''Super Dimension City Megaroad''; [[ExecutiveMeddling one producer]], a Shakespeare fan, wanted to name the fortress ''Macbeth''. ''Macross'' was the compromise.

The show was originally scheduled to run for 48 episodes, but budget cuts due to a sponsor dropping out then forced a projected cut to 26. However, with a last-second infusion of money from Creator/TatsunokoProduction ([[NoExportForYou which inadvertently spawned a never-ending legal headache for all involved]]) and the realization that the show had become a huge hit, ten more episodes were produced.

In North America, it was prevented from being released properly for a very long time due to Harmony Gold [[CombiningMecha combining]] the series with [[CutAndPasteTranslation with two other series]] to form ''{{Robotech}}'', finally allowed on DVD only. To this day, Harmony Gold continues to block efforts to bring anything ''Macross''-related to North America and is happy to file lawsuits against anything that even looks like it such as BattleTech. This directly contradicts decisions made in Japanese legal courts.

Spawned a number of sequels and spinoffs:

[[index]]
* ''Anime/MacrossPlus''
* ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}''
** ''Macross Dynamite 7'' (OAV)
* ''Anime/MacrossZero'' (OAV)
* ''Anime/MacrossFrontier''.
* ''Anime/MacrossII'', an OVA and manga series that was made without the original creators' authorization, and has since been placed as an AlternateContinuity.
* ''Macross: Flashback 2012'' (An extended music video for Minmay, which also acts as an epilogue to the series.
* ''VideoGame/Macross30TheVoiceThatConnectsTheGalaxy'' (Video Game) An original story created for Macross's [[MileStoneCelebration 30th Anniversary]].
[[/index]]

In 2003, Sega and Bandai worked together to create a Playstation 2 game based on the show where [[HeroOfAnotherStory players take on the role of an unknown UN Spacy pilot known as Skull Seven]]. He's assisted by two fellow pilots in either Skull or Apollo Squadrons if players want to play scenarios according to the original version or with the movie version.

In 2009, a manga adaptation of the original series was started, drawn and written by Haruhiko Mikimoto, that kept the original designs (though often favoring those used in the movie) while jettisoning some of the more {{Zeerust}} aspects (everyone ''finally'' has cellphones in that far-off year of 2009, for instance)

One trope that is seen across all of the Macross series is the LoveTriangle. In fact, it has been described by ShojiKawamori, mechanical designer and co-creator of the series as a "love story set amongst the backdrop of great battles."

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!!This show provides examples of:
* TheAbridgedSeries: ''WebVideo/MacrossAbridged''.
* TheAce: Max.
* AfterTheEnd: However this version has a major modern city, complete with all the personnel you need to reestablish a technological civilization, surviving and working to rebuild.
** And this only applies to the first TV series. Since Space War I, humanity had been expanding into space vigorously. This was partly to ensure humans no longer have to face possible extinction as they have during their initial contact with the Zentradi. By 2059 (Macross Frontier), humanity had built an empire that encompasses 1/3 of the Milky Way galaxy.
* AliensMadeThemDoIt: "I demand you show me how this 'kiss' process works!"
** Parodied to hell in an SRW 4koma where a bunch of ugly guys (Boss, Dr. Hell, etc.) get caught and are commanded to demonstrate.
* AllJustADream
* AlternateContinuity: Macross II: ''Lovers Again''.
** One story behind this is that ''Lovers Again'' was envisioned for some time by people to be a sequel to TheMovie. However, ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove'' was later retconned as a fictional film released in cinemas within the official Macross universe.
** [[WildMassGuessing So that would make Macross II a sequel of a fictional film released in cinemas within the official (canon) Macross universe?]] Ladies and gentlemen, we have reached critical mass.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Max, to a degree.
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: The original series is mostly SpaceOpera, but the last six episodes shift into [[spoiler:the survivors of the near-destruction of Earth trying to restart civilization on a dead planet]]. See HolyShitQuotient under the YMMV tab for more.
* ApocalypseDayPlanner: This 1982 series had shown much of Earth's surface being destroyed sometime in early 2010.
* ArmorIsUseless: Multiple ways. The giant Zentradi soldiers wear suits of armor that really should have armor thickness comparable to tanks, yet it offers them no survivability. Similarly, Destroids are much more heavily built than the slender Variable fighters in Mech mode, so logically should be more armored, yet they're routinely finished off in one shot.
* ArtEvolution: Mostly noticeable in some of the female character designs. Over the course of the series, Misa's hair grows less stylized and more realistic, as well as many of the bridge uniforms growing more intricate and detailed.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: The Zentraedi and Meltrandi.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Most of the Zentradi and Meltrandi leaders are more skilled at combat than the rank and file. However it's blatantly played up with Breetai, who was able to survive getting spaced, come back and beat down two Valkyries piloted by main characters with a metal club and his bare hands, and then survive one of those mechs exploding right in his face. That last instance is interestingly contrasted with a regular Zentradi soldier, who was further away from another exploding Valkyrie and wearing armor, that was killed instantly.
* [[BattleInterruptingShout Battle Interrupting Song]]: The pop-music strategem effects this.
* BadassPacifist: Minmay's cousin Lynn Kaifun hates fighting, but is a highly proficient Kung Fu practitioner.
* TheBattlestar
* BigBrotherMentor: Roy
* BilingualBonus: The three Zentradi spies are named Warera, Loli, and Conda, which put together reads as, "We have a [[{{Lolicon}} Lolita Complex]]" in Japanese...whether or not they actually ''do'' is never said, though they DO wind up being avid fans of Lynn Minmay.
* {{Bishonen}}: Max; arguably, Lynn Kaifun and Conda Blomco.
* BitterWeddingSpeech: Averted by Captain Global.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:the series came to its conclusion with Hikaru and Misa getting their fairytale ending. Minmay decides to accept this and moves on with her life, even so, the couple remains on good terms with her until they all mysteriously disappear in 2016 with the Megaroad-01]].
* BreakTheCutie: Minmay starts out quite innocent and loveable, but her cousin puts her through so much grief that she would probably wind up an old maid, since [[spoiler: Hikaru Ichijo, the man she really loves, winds up marrying Misa instead.]]
* BridgeBunnies: The original ones! Shammy, Kim, Vanessa, Claudia, and at first Misa.
* BrokenBird: Misa.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Roy Focker is an open pervert and an alcoholic, and by far the best Human pilot before Max joins the Spacy, and it's mentioned he once shot down five enemy aircraft with a raging hangover. Kamjin, in spite of his ''many'' quirks, is a capable commander, and the ''Macross'' barely escaped the first encounter with him due one of his underlings ruining the surprise effect and an improvised DeusExNukina.
* CanonForeigner: In the 2003 Playstation 2 game, three characters are made by Sega for the game. They consist of a female [=UN=] Spacy bridge officer named Emma Granger from Britain and two [=UN=] Spacy pilots named Bruce Rudel from Germany and Eddie Juutilainen from Finland. It also includes an unnamed pilot known as Skull 7. [[http://www.webcitation.org/6QH9KpgGA Read here for more details]].
* TheCaptain: Global.
* CaptainCrash: Hikaru gets his Valkyrie trashed a lot.
* CharacterDevelopment
* ChekhovsGun: a big planet-sized one, in fact: The Grand Cannon.
* ChristmasEpisode: With [[spoiler:exploding Santas]]
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Kamjin/Quamzin, known as "The Ally Killer" by the Zentradi themselves.
* CitadelCity: The ''SDF-1 Macross'' becomes this, after the disastrous space-fold takes the ship and the island below it to Pluto. Following that, the city is rebuilt within the ship.
* ClipShow: At least two.
* CoolBigSis: Claudia.
* CoolPlane: The reason for the franchise's existence.
* CouldntFindALighter: A Zentradi has his cigarette lit by a Valkyrie's main gun.
* CozyCatastrophe: The earth gets attacked, bombed, and invaded several times over, with increasingly devastating damage to the population. But that doesn't stop everyone from managing to continue to live happy, completely normal lives with all the power and facilities needed to not only keep going on as usual, but to rebuild everything back virtually overnight. Even on the ship when people struggle to survive on military rations, they somehow manage to continue having a successful restaurant ''in space''. Lord knows where they found the ingredients.
* CultureClash: The Zentradi have no culture to speak of, being a race whose express purpose is for military combat, and are often baffled by some of the stunts the Crew of the Macross pull in order to protect the civilians on board.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Zentradi are {{Human Aliens}}, but the males range in appearance from ugly to average to handsome, with the occasional odd skin tone and/or cybernetic aspect, while the female Zentradi are always depicted as beautiful. ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove'' is probably where this trope is the strongest for Zentradi design.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Exsedol's original design, though his personality is very much not the usual kind.
* {{Deconstruction}}: The show was originally intended as a parody of Space Battleship Yamato & ''MobileSuitGundam'', a plan which was abandoned early in production. Still, the show was radically different from the typical militaristic children's anime of the time and showed a conflict that is largely settled with ''[[ThePowerOfLove culture]]'': proving to the enemy that you're NotSoDifferent and that both sides deserve to live is what really leads to proper conflict resolution as opposed to the total annihilation of the enemy that was so prevalent in the show's day. The message resonated deeply with the Japanese public and the industry and the show's effects are felt to this very day.
** For that matter, the show deconstructs ''itself'' in its final arc, showing that despite one's best intentions you still can't solve all problems between two warring peoples just by saying they're NotSoDifferent.
* DeflectorShields: Two kinds: the trackball-controlled pinpoint shields that were controlled by the BridgeBunnies, and the full-on shield that blew up a Canadian city.
* DragonAscendant: [[spoiler:Quamzin]]
* DressingAsTheEnemy by way of MuggedForDisguise: Max conceals himself in bathroom after boarding Breetai's ship and knocks out the first Zentraedi to walk in. And somehow manages to get his Valkyrie to dress itself.
* DuringTheWar
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: Or better said, Green ''Haired'' Space Babe.
* GrowBeyondTheirProgramming: The Zentradi who learn to move past fighting. Unfortunately, a few couldn't do it.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: [[SubvertedTrope Subversion]]: our heroes actually ''fail'' to save the world from destruction, although they make the destroyers pay immediately afterward.
* {{Expy}}: Roy Focker of Sleggar Law from MobileSuitGundam.
** Also, all the planes used in the various series are based on actual fighters. Here, the VF-1 is based on the F-14 Tomcat with the whole variable-sweeping wings design.
* FanService: The 2009 manga upped the level of sexuality to a PG-13 status. There's more focus to breasts and legs then there was in the 80s anime. Minmay is hit the worst, prompting a cry of "Haruhiko, you do know she's only ''15'', right?"
* FighterLaunchingSequence
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: Although it's not included on any of the DVD releases, the original television run of the first episode had a cobbled-together opening designed to hide the fact that the fighter planes are, in fact, TransformingMecha.
* FirstGirlWins: In an unexpected way.
* FourStarBadass: Breetai
* ForeverWar: The Zentradi have been scouring the galaxy of their Patroller counterparts for thousands upon thousands of years, and neither side has any idea that any other state of affairs can ''exist''.
* GlassCannon: Destroids. They're the conventional ground mech's used by the UN Spacey, and carry significantly more armaments than Variable fighters, yet seem just as vulnerable to hits. Their lack of agility combined with this basically renders them mostly ineffectual in most combat engagements against faster Zentradi vehicles.
* HandsomeLech: To a degree, Roy. He ''did'' become very loyal to Claudia once they hooked up, though.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: (Millia)]]
** [[spoiler: Also, most of the Zentradi that had been pursuing the Macross for much of the show join forces with the Macross when the entire Zentradi force arrives to wipe out humanity.]]
* HongKongDub: TheMovie got one of these
* HumanAliens: Completely Justified. Humans and Zentradi are products of the Protoculture.
* HumongousMecha: [[spoiler: Macross itself after jump problems]]
** This is also something of a SeinfeldIsUnfunny; back then, the idea of a ship over 1000 meters long transforming, compared to the 120 meter tall ''{{Daitarn 3}}'', was incredible.
* IdolSinger: Minmay - '' Kyun, Kyun! Kyun, Kyun! My boyfriend is a pilot! ''
* IKnowMortalKombat: Lampshaded and played with hilariously when Millia fights Max at an arcade game. The arcade owner laments his poor decision of opening an arcade that has games similar to variable fighter controls next to the base that trains pilots.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Hikaru using his Valkyrie's gatling gun as a club after expending all the ammo.
* IncrediblyLamePun: A visual version: In 'Romanesque' the three Zentradi spies are shown manning a toy booth that isn't exactly successful. Just before one of them [[LampshadeHanging explicitly points this out]], he is shown holding a box featuring a Valkyrie in fighter mode on the front. Except it isn't called "Valkyrie" on the box, but "''[[spoiler:[[{{Seppuku}} Harakiry]]]]''".
* InformationWantsToBeFree: UN Forces took control of the media and declared South Ataria Island destroyed by anti-UN guerrillas. Global and Misa aren't happy with this since they also "announced" via media that all civilians in the island are dead.
* IsThisThingStillOn: Kamjin's introductory scene includes this.
* JerkAss: Minmay's cousin, local SoapboxSadie Lynn Kaifun, to the point where he berates Misa ''for rescuing him and Minmay from rogue Zentradi through force despite the fact that nobody was hurt and the alternative was giving them a warship that would have let them hurt innocent people''.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Roy Focker and Hayao Kakizaki. The former's death scene is a tear jerker capable of forcing ManlyTears from even the most macho of men.]]
* KissingCousins: Kaifun and Minmay. Though she seems less okay with it.
* LastEpisodeThemeReprise
* LohengrinAndMendelssohn: Mendelssohn's wedding march is played during [[spoiler: Max and Milia's wedding]].
* LoudOfWar: The singing of Lynn Minmei was a psychological weapon of mass destruction to the Zentradi. In a meta-subversion, the voicework for Minmei's singing in the English adaptation Robotech, however, is considered by some to be so god-awfully grating that they accept the Zentradi view.
* LoveTriangle: Misa/Hikaru/Minmay, this was the main story, an unusual concept for the time, with the SDF-1 being the setup rather than the primary focus.
* LovingAShadow: [[spoiler: Misa almost falls for Minmay's cousin Kaifun because he looks a lot like Riber, the fiancÚ she tragically lost]]
* MacrossMissileMassacre: [[TropeNamer The very first one]].
* MeetCute: Hikaru's first response to Misa is to call her an "old lady", [[spoiler: however by the end of the series they've proposed]]. Millia wants to kill Max pretty much right off the bat for being a better pilot than her, and they [[spoiler:later get married as well]].
* {{Meganekko}}: Vanessa from the BridgeBunnies team. Max is a male example.
* MileLongShip: The Macross itself.
** Zentraedi ships tend to be large simply out of necessity, as the Zentraedi themselves are [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever fairly large]]. Even their smallest warship, the ''Thurvel-Salan''-class, is over two kilometers long. Bodol Zer's flagship really takes the cake for being over six ''hundred'' kilometers long.
* MobileFactory: A number of examples.
* MoralDissonance: In the backstory, the UN Forces, whom most of the protagonists work for, used the Zentradi's coming as a pretext to usurp the sovereignty of all the world's nations and violently put down any who didn't willingly go along with it. It mostly worked out for the best in the end, but still...
* MundaneUtility: At one point, a Valkyrie's gunpod is used to light a cigarette for a nearby Zentraedi.
* TheMutiny: Thanks to the Zentradi's constant encounter with Earth culture.
* MyBrainIsBig: Exsedol's retconned form.
* MythArc
* NaiveEverygirl: Minmay.
* NuclearWeaponsTaboo: The series, up until Macross Zero always refers to nuclear weapons as "Reaction Warheads." The reason for this, apparently was an unstated ban by Japanese broadcasters on heroes using nuclear weapons (no such restriction, apparently, held for the bad guys).
** However, according to Kawamori himself, Reaction Weapons are actually anti-matter devices where power is produced by colliding anti-matter extracted from Super Dimension Space with matter in real space.
* ObiWanMoment: [[spoiler:Roy responds to getting fatally wounded by playing his guitar.]]
* OffModel: Due to outsourcing for budgetary reasons[[note]]and is likely up there with ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' and ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' with the amount of errors per episode[[/note]], some episodes are wildly, wildly off model and look absolutely terrible. Most infamous is the knife fight between Max and Millia, which should have been [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]] but ended up being embarrassing.
* OjouRinglets: Minmay is one of the earliest examples to have this.
* PardonMyKlingon: [[http://imgur.com/eQ5FuBp An dissatisfied Zantradi expresses his opinion with saying "rigujinaro" to a place he didn't manage to fit in after the end of the war]].
* PhotoMontage: The ending sequence, a live-action segment which shows a hand turning the pages of an album of Minmay pictures. [[spoiler:Uniquely, it turns out the hand belongs to Misa and the same thing happens in episode 28]]
* PimpedOutDress: Many of Minmay's stage outfits.
* PlanetSpaceship: The Zentradi main base is hundreds of kilometers across. Of course, the Zentradi themselves are giants.
* PoorCommunicationKills
* PossessionImpliesMastery: Averted in that the crew of Macross barely understand a portion of what the ship can or can't do, making each major move with a different function a dangerous shot in the dark that works just often enough to make it seem to their enemies that they could be tactical geniuses.
** To be fair, Bruno Global ''is'' a tactical genius - he's just also really. fucking. lucky.
* PostScriptSeason
* ThePowerOfRock: Usually J-Pop in the main series, but music is the key to winning any conflict for good in the universe. MacrossSeven takes it up a notch...
* PrettyInMink: Some of Minmay's stage outfits.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: The Daedalus Maneuver; ARMD ("[[IncrediblyLamePun Armed]]") Attack in TheMovie
* RedOniBlueOni: Millia/Max's color-coded mecha.
* RedShirt: All the 'Brown' coloured aircraft that fill up the ranks of the UN Spacey. Also the ground units who all take a pasting.
* RetCon: Most of the character and mecha redesigns from ''Do You Remember Love?'' were eventually incorporated into the main continuity, replacing the original designs.
* {{Roboteching}}: The TropeCodifier since it was one of the shows used to create the TropeNamer
* RoleReprisal: A very unusual variation: ADV somehow got Mari Iijima to play Minmay in their English dub of the series--more than 20 years after she originally voiced the character in Japanese!
* ScienceFiction
* SensorSuspense: In ''Do You Remember Love?'', the scene where Hikaru watches the radar blips representing his squadron's missiles approaching the radar blips representing enemies while his heart is pounding loudly.
* {{Shapeshifter}}
* ShipperOnDeck: Claudia, Vanessa, Kim, Shammy, Kakizaki and Max ship Hikaru/Misa. [[spoiler: Vanessa even confronts Hikaru on how Misa's feelings are affecting her.]]
* ShoutOut: To the original {{Mobile Suit Gundam}}, Space Battleship Yamato, Captain Harlock, Franchise/{{Lupin III}}, and others.
** Roy's (later Hikaru's) Valkyrie fighter and Skull Squadron, with the black tails and skull and crossbones, honor the real life VF-84 fighter planes and their iconic color schemes.
** The Zentradi often speak with a slight echo, mirroring Gamilons from Space Battleship Yamato.
** Wave Motion Gun, 'nuff said.
** The whole concept of the "Pinpoint Barrier" system (the ''Macross'' first shield system) is remarkably similar to the 1980 arcade game [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missile_Command Missile Command]]. That game played with a trackball and three buttons.
** In some scenes one can see the Orguss Valkyrie, an [[SuperDimensionCenturyOrguss Orguss Ogroid]] in Macross colors.
** One of the Franchise/LupinIII shout-outs was a video game in episode 24. It was intended to be similar to the game "Cliff Hanger", which uses footage of the car-chase scene from ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''. The character playing the game seems to be in Lupin cosplay, complete with smoking cigarette.
** Episode 35 features a toy shop window that shows the [[Series/KagakuSentaiDynaman Dynarobo]] in somewhat different colors sitting next to a rather awful toy version of the VF-1.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Shao Pai Lon'', starring Lynn Minmay.
** Which has its own TitleThemeTune sung by Minmay, which is used in-show (but not in-in-show) against the Zentradi, bringing everything full-circle.
** Later ''Macross'' series reveal that ''Do You Remember Love?'' is itself a movie in-universe (thus explaining its plot differences from the canon story).
* SnapBack: The city inside the Macross is shown to be seriously damaged in many space battles, and in the first time the ship transforms. It's always fine in the next episode (there is significant time passage between some of the battles, though). The city was [[TaughtByExperience rebuilt to take transformation into account]] after the first catastrophe.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil
* SoapboxSadie: Kaifun is one of the rare male examples
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Many Zentradi names are designed to be completely impossible to reproduce in Japanese so as to sound more alien. This has led to some... ''interesting'' attempts to romanize them. Closer to home are the many arguments over "Ichijou" versus "Ichijyo", "Focker" versus "Fokker", and "Lynn Minmay" versus "Lin Minmei".
** The character that makes up Minmei's surname got changed in the Chinese dub of the series? Why? Because the character for "Bell" (The original) and the character for "Grove" (The dub) have the EXACT SAME pronunciation in some Chinese dialects.
** For that matter, is it "Zentradi", "Zentraedi" or "Zjentlauedy"?
* SpannerInTheWorks: Zentradi plans to capture the SDF-1 ''Macross'' would have succeeded without a hitch were it not for the unpredictable fighting methods of the defenders, as well as the singer Lynn Minmay.
* TheSpock: Exsedol
* TheSquad
* {{Stripperific}}: Both averted and played straight. In the original TV series, female Zentradi soldiers wore uniforms essentially identical to the male ones, which were loose-fitting and covered the entire body except for the head and hands. However, the females' pilot suits for their PoweredArmor were originally skintight, though fairly non-Stripperiffic otherwise...but the retconned female suits emphasize their sexiness and femininity much more. However, in all incarnations the Zentradi female powered armour itself is very bulky and only roughly humanoid.
* VideoGame/SuperRobotWars: [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Alpha]] Alpha Gaiden, and Alpha 3.
* SuperToughness: Bretai.
* TerminallyDependentSociety: The Zentradi fleets depend on a galaxy-wide network of fully automated factory satellites and repair facilities; no Zentradi, even among the Archivists, has any idea how to manufacture or repair any part of their technological infrastructure, and over thousands of years the factories have begun to break down -- for example, the Boddole Fleet has lost the ability to make new Glaug officer-model battlepods, and those that remain are hoarded; and after Max blasts through Britai's viewscreen, it remains broken for the rest of the series.
* TheyLookLikeUsNow
* ThrowAwayCountry: The province of Ontario, Canada. All 917,741 square kilometers of it.
* TitleThemeTune: MAA-KU-ROS! MAA-KU-ROS!
* TheTokyoFireball
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:Roy Focker: "Medical treatment? Since when do injured pilots need medical treatment? Let's go eat some salad!"]]
** [[spoiler:And anyone whom he came in contact with on his final trip to Claudia's... "Gee, that man's dripping blood from three big ragged holes in his back. Oh, well, time to get on with my business..."]]
** [[spoiler:You know, the implication is ''supposed'' to be that he knew he was going to die and decided to keep his date with his girlfriend anyway...]]
* TransformingMecha: From Jet to jet with arms and legs, to humanoid.
** The toy of the VF-1 Valkyrie was re-purposed as [[TransformersGenerationOne Jet/Skyfire]].
** To both a lesser and greater extent, the Macross itself is a transforming mecha.
* TranslationConvention: There are indications everywhere in the metaseries that everyone is canonically speaking English, which makes sense considering that the Macross restoration and launch was an international project.
** One of the biggest pieces of evidence is the handwritten lyrics that Minmay is holding to the song "Ai Oboeteimasuka?". At the tail end of the climactic battle scene, the viewer is treated to a good shot of the actual lyrics -- written in near-perfect English. [[FridgeBrilliance Meaning that Minmay was only singing in Japanese for the convenience of the real-world audience...]]
** There are also indication that Chinese is quite prominent. Shao Pai Lon (Xiao Bai Long) is a Chinese song, and Kung Fu movies (with Kaifun) are very popular.
* TykeBomb: Komilia Maria Fallyna Jenius. Sort of. [[spoiler: Mainly in that she is used as a means to get the crew of a Zentraedi factory ship to surrender peacefully (if running away in pants-on-head-crazy terror counts as peaceful).]]
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: ([[spoiler: Riber and Misa knew each other since childhood and were engaged to marry. Then, some time before the events of the series started, he disappeared... and later, Misa finds out he's been ''DeadAllAlong''.]]
* UnplannedCrossdressing: a group of Zentradi spies sneak aboard the Macross and find human clothing to wear as disguises. Unknown to them, they had stolen women's clothing and walked around town that way until people got upset with them.
* VerticalMechaFins: The SDF-1 Macross, who has shoulder spikes that double as a Wave Motion Gun.
* WagonTrainToTheStars: The SDF-1 and the subsequent colonial ships, especially the Megaroad-01. The New UN took these as precautions in case of future Zentradi or Supervision Army attacks and to ensure humanity's survival.
* WartimeWedding: [[spoiler: Max and Millia]].
* WaveMotionGun: The Macross cannon.
** GameBreakingInjury: In TheMovie, a Meltran attack annihilates the cannons. Right before the BigBad's arrival, too.
* WeaselMascot: Minmay's young cousin, Yocchan, seems to be jettisoned in favor of one of these, a rabbity-weasely...thing named Koge, in the new manga adaptation.
* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: Roy's death]]. Followed by [[spoiler: Kakizaki's death and the almost destruction of the Earth.]]
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: The Zentradi suffer from this [[spoiler: and it proves the key to "Victory".]]
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milia_Fallyna_Jenius Millia Fallyna Jenius]] embraces the emotion and uses the concept of mercy to provoke a Zentradi mutiny.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Max actually does have blue hair. Curiously enough, he is the only major human character who fits this trope, though many Zentradi are true to it.
* {{Zeerust}}: We will still have LP records in the future, and no cellphones or Internet (though we do get cool self-propelled payphones and vending machines...) Avoided in the new manga adaptation, which, handily, is being drawn and written the exact year the events in the show were supposed to take place.
** Actually, we STILL have LP records now (in 2012). Moreover, normal daily life wasn't depicted enough in the original to say one way or another (and inside the SDF-1 is another matter; Hikaru's handling of the payphone/visiophone actually lampshades this trope). A ten year global civil war could also have caused problems. Last, South Ataria Island being a military base in its entirety, it could have caused a ban on non-military radio communication.
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