* EnsembleDarkHorse: The series' example, the Destroid Monster, appears in the last episode as its mk. I version to [[NuclearOption shoot the Bird Human with reaction weapons]] when [[GodzillaThreshold there's no other apparent way to stop it]].
* EpilepticTrees: What the heck was the Bird Human anyway, and what did it actually have to do with the rest of the series?
** Clues are scattered throughout the franchise; the Bird Human's mysterious symbol shows up in DYRL, Macross Frontier ep 22, and amazingly, during the All-That-VF airshow (MF version) over the same desert mountains near New Edwards Air Force Base from Macross Plus. Oh, and one of the relics in Zero shows up in Brera's last scene in ''Anime/MacrossFrontier''
** What the Bird Human is [[AllThereInTheManual is explained]] in ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'': [[spoiler:it's a lifeform created by the [[{{Precursors}} Protoculture]] in an attempt to mimic the [[StarfishAliens Vajra]] and their SubspaceAnsible capabilities.]]
* {{Narm}}: The designation for the space ship that would be Macross is ASS-1, or Alien Space Ship 1. Unfortunate, but justified.
* TheWoobie: Sara Nome. She fails to convince her people to continue following their customs and blames herself for the bad things that befall her home because [[spoiler:she was tricked into giving a blood sample by Dr. Hadsford when she was younger, which is a big taboo in her culture]].
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