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-> ''"Listen to my sooooooong!"''

The second full series of the ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' franchise and sequel to ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', ''Macross 7'' originally aired from 1994-1995. It's about a rock and roll band living on [[ColonyShip a flying city in space]] who fight [[OurVampiresAreDifferent evil space vampires]] using ThePowerOfRock and TransformingMecha that are [[UnusualUserInterface controlled]] with [[RuleOfCool guitars]].

[[SincerityMode No, really]].

The show prominently features an outstanding soundtrack from a real J-Rock band ("Hummingbird") hired to double as the fictional band "Fire Bomber." Very popular in Japan, though controversial among hard core HumongousMecha fans. [[NoExportForYou Unlikely to appear any time soon in North America]] due to the tangled legal snarl surrounding the Macross franchise and the need to license all of the accompanying songs.

Besides the 49-episode TV series, there's also a short film (''The Galaxy's Calling Me!''), two {{OVA}}s (''Encore'' and ''Dynamite 7'', with the latter taking place one year after the end of the TV series), and a compilation film (''Macross [=FB7=]: Listen to My Song!'', which is also something of a ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' crossover).

Compare and contrast ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' in terms of a franchise sequel that differs greatly from the source material.
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!!This show provides examples of:

* TheAbridgedSeries: Has one made by ''WebVideo/MacrossAbridged''.
* TheAce: Max. Downplayed since he's in charge of the battleship. But when he goes out to fight, he proves that he's still got his touch.
* AceCustom: The Sound Forces Valkyries are modified versions of existing fighters.
* AcePilot : Max and Millia are former Aces from the original series. Gamlin is stated to be one, and Basara counts; Max himself states that Basara is pretty good, although not as good as himself in the past.
* ActionHoggingOpening: Provided by Creator/Studio4C.
* ActualPacifist: Basara. The guy gets massively pissed if he's forced to attack someone, regardless of why he had to.
* AgainstTheSettingSun: {{Subver|tedTrope}}sion: it's a fake setting sun projected against a huge screen to make the colony ship feel more like home.
%%* AnimeThemeSong
* ArcNumber: 7.
* ArtisticLicenseLinguistics: There is a suggestion that the words evil and devil originated in the Protoculture's conflict with the Protodeviln. However these words were derived from older languages in which the words sounded considerably different (devil started out as diabolous, for instance).
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Some of the Protodeviln. In the movie, Emilia featured a somewhat funny side-effect of being giant-sized; namely, bigger body means louder voice. She couldn't sing in a populated area while full-sized without disrupting the peace.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Max and Milia. Max is the Macross 7 battlefleet commander, and Millia is the Mayor/President of Macross 7's civilian government. Justified Trope in that they were Ace Pilots before reaching their positions of authority.
* AutobotsRockOut: They even have the TransformingMecha part down.
* BeachEpisode: Mildly subverted, they nearly freeze to death, because an enemy attack damaged the environment control systems of the Macross 7.
%%* BeamOWar
* BerserkButton:
** Don't call Milia "oba-san" (while literally "grand-mother" in Japanese, the actual meaning can range from a respectable "Mrs." to "old lady" or even "old hag", although the latter would be probably better expressed by "baba"), or else, even when it is quite possibly literally true, since her and Max' first-born is 34 years already. Millia also looks quite young for her advanced age, presumably due to her being a meltrandi (female zentradi).
** If Basara sings a song for you, listen to the end, or else. And also don't make him save you by using violence, which he absolutely abhors. And also, don't attack Mylene, while he is around, or else he'll kick your ass and then chew out Mylene for making him save her by using violence.
** Don't call Mylene a child, even when it is true.
* BettyAndVeronica: Gamlin as the Betty and Basara as the Veronica when Mylene's the Archie. For Basara as the Archie, Mylene as the Betty and Sivil as the Veronica.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Basara shows this towards Mylene several time throughout the story, to the point that if someone attacks her, he'll break away from being an ActualPacifist and punch whoever attacked her. Of course, afterwards he'll yell at her for having made him attack someone, showing how much he hates violence.
* BigDamnKiss: What happens when Sivil finally decides to kiss Basara unfiltered. The kiss isn't the problem. It's the ClothingDamage when they're literally blown apart.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The Protodeviln aren't really evil, They just view other lifeforms as food sources. [[spoiler:Once they learn how to produce Spiritia for themselves, they immediately stop being hostile.]]
* BridgeBunnies: Multiple sets on multiple ships, all of which have male captains.
* BrokenAesop: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d: at the end of one episode, Basara remarks how the lesson would not have been learned had he not caused the problem in the first place.
* BulletCatch: [[http://imgur.com/dAY5Xzf Sivil]].
* CallForward: Chiba Music Units go by a completely different name when they're brought up again in subsequent ''Macross'' entries from ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' onward: Fold Resonance/Receptor Factor.
* CallingYourAttacks: One early episode and in the beach episode Basara yells out "Pinpoint Barrier Punch".
* CatchPhrase:
** "LISTEN TO MY SONG!" and Max's less used "Don't take your eyes off that monitor!"
** Also "I am Gepelnitch", EVERY time he addresses anyone who isn't a Protodeviln.
* ChickMagnet:
** Basara. On top of fan girls, he's got BikerBabe Rex, the Flower Girl, Sivil and Mylene. ''Encore'' has him attract Cholore, Emilia and [[UpToEleven an entire Zentradi fleet]].
** Also Max. No, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGbFo4_o6oQ&feature=related really]]''. It makes you wonder about the ''real'' reason the BridgeBunnies signed up...
* TheChosenOne: Anima Spiritia.
* CombinedEnergyAttack: A big one in the GrandFinale, involving just about everybody.
* ConspicuousCG: Present in the opening, not in the series itself.
* ContinuityNod:
** Max and Milia serve as the Captain and Mayor of the fleet- and both are shown to still be Ace pilots.
** Besides Mylene, another one of their daughters shows up in ''The Galaxy's Calling Me!'', and a family photo shows the other ''five''.
** ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove'' [[ShowWithinAShow is literally an in-universe movie]], with some characters even claiming that it's just a movie with no historical value, a likely nod to ''DYRL?'' being a ''very'' loose adaptation of the original ''SDF Macross'' (though Max and Milia are both veterans of the incidents it depicts, they don't clarify which version, if either, is the true one).
** A Destroid Monster shows up in the Festival. Milia's Red VF-1 shows up as well.
** [[Anime/MacrossPlus Sharon Apple]]'s music is still frequently played on the radio.
*** During the tabloids episode, the reporter is listening to "Information High".
** Some Lynn Minmei songs are still played/used, (notably "Do You Remember Love"" in the Strongest Women episode)
* {{Cool Plane}}[=/=]{{Cool Ship}}: A rock-and-roll band equipped with customized versions of the most advanced [=VFs=] available.
* CoolOldGuy: Max Jenius. Milia may also qualify. Meltlandi must age like fine wine.
** The director stated age is a state of mind, and Max is a Genius.
* CrapsackWorld: Guvava's homeworld.
* CuteLittleFangs: Gavil and Sivil.
* {{Delinquents}}: The Rex gang.
* DescriptionCut: In one episode, Basara throws an apple to Mylene as she's heading out for a date with Gamlin. Mylene tells Basara that there's no way Gamlin would take a bite out of a whole apple. Cut to Gamlin taking a bite out of the aforementioned apple.
* {{Determinator}}: Basara. As a kid, he'd sing songs ''to a mountain'' everyday in an effort to literally ''move it'' by singing alone. Even in a wind storm. While playing a guitar that was almost as big as he was.
** Not to mention the fact that he absolutely refuses to let anything, and I mean anything, stop his singing. Someone's trying to punch him? He keeps singing. Someone is actually using him as a punching bag? He keeps singing. He gets ordered to do something else? He keeps singing. Alien vampire about to attack you? He keeps singing.
*** ShutUpKiss: Admittedly, Sivil does know how to stop him singing. And it works very well.
* [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Did You Just Teach Cthulhu To Sing]]: [[spoiler: The Protodeviln eventually realize that singing allows them to produce their own internal Spiritia, and no longer need to steal human Spiritia.]]
* DittoAliens: {{Averted|Trope}}: except for one matched set, no two Protodeviln even vaguely resemble each other)
* DreadfulMusician: Never EVER make Gamlin Kizaki sing.
** Which is wierd, because Koyasu, Gamlin's VA, has shown in other roles that he is capable of singing quite well.
*** Probably a character-specific thing. Also irony points as Gamlin can't sing in a series where music is possibly the most powerful force in the universe.
*** Which is ironic, since his singing is still enough to [[spoiler:wake up Basara from critical Spirita drain, with help from Mylene]].
** To say nothing of [[spoiler:Gigil, or for that matter, Gepelnitch.]]
* DrillSergeantNasty: Milia was this, as revealed in Gamlin's backstory omake.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Gepelnitch, who sounds like one too.
* [[spoiler:DyingMomentOfAwesome: Diamond Force's Commander Kinryu got one. The Battle 7 was in the middle of transforming when one of the Protodeviln ships was about to fire at it. Even though he was in a VF-11C, Kinryu had it purge its armor, charge into the Protodeviln ship, and fire at its core after he got inside in a TakingYouWithMe. Oh, and he did all this when by all rights, he should have been in a hospital bed. The scene can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSAwU26JC3k here.]]]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Kinryu:''' What is Diamond Force if I can't bring down one battleship?!... Here's your love heart!]]
* EldritchAbomination: All the Protodeviln in their true forms except [[CuteMonsterGirl Sivil]].
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Basara has three. The first one involves him singing at a bunch of thugs to make them stop fighting. The second (same scene) is when he gets mad ''at Mylene'' because him trying to protect her ended up making him attack the thugs. The third is him going out in his Valkyrie into a battlefield to try and stop it by singing.
* [[EvilDetectingDog Evil-Detecting Semi-Sentient Furball Thingy]]: Guvava.
* FacialMarkings: On Sivil and Gavil.
* FakeBand: Besides Fire Bomber, there's also the Jamming Birds, a failed attempt to replicate the former's success against the Protodeviln.
** {{Defictionalization}}: Fire Bomber's songs are done by Hummingbird, and Basara Nekki's seiyuu happily does covers. [[JAMProject Admittedly, he is experienced with that kind of thing...]]
* FanGirl: While Fire Bomber gets to be pretty famous, the Flower Girl is definitely Basara's Number One fan. One episode focuses on another fan, though this one's a ''boy'' on Mylene. Also, the Fleet of the Strongest Women episode; must be seen to be believed.
* FantasticArousal: ANY time Sivil hears any of Basara's singing, even a recording, she can't stay within a few feet of the source without going from arousal all the way towards near-orgasm.
* FestivalEpisode: Another subversion - it's a HumongousMecha festival.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Even aside from his absolute refusal to attack people, Basara also loves animals of all shapes and sizes.
* GenkiGirl: Mylene
* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: Both Max and Milia. Their first daughter is about 34 years old, meaning they could be grandparents by this time.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Mylene. Eventually proves pivotal in learning some important information.
* HeroicResolve: Basara in the finale [[spoiler: '''I'M GONNA MOVE IT TODAY. THE MOUNTAIN. THE GALAXY. ''LISTEN TO MY SONG!!!!''
%%* {{Honorifics}}
* HotBlooded: Basara is to HotBlooded singing as [[Anime/GaoGaiGar Gai Shishioh]] is to HotBlooded courage.
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction: In ''The Galaxy Is Calling Me!'', Emilia tries kissing Basara. While she's a giant-sized Meltran and he's human-sized. Yeah...
* HowWeGotHere: ''The Galaxy Is Calling Me!'' starts with Basara crash landing on an unknown planet before being confronted by the planet's inhabitants. After the opening credits, it then flashes back to show how Basara ended up there.
* HumanAliens: Besides the Zentradi, there's also the Zolans of ''Dynamite 7'', who look very much like humans, except for pointy ears, two-toned hair, and prominent fur on the forearms of the men. They're also implied to be marsupials.
* HumongousMecha: Most notably the ''Battle 7'', which like the ''SDF-1'' can transform from a giant spaceship into a giant robot.
* IdenticalGrandson: Emilia, Mylene's older sister, has long green hair like Milia.
** It's even worse with oldest daughter - on family picture she looks like ''twin'' of her mother. See [[http://animefascination.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/the_jenius_family.jpg here]]. Mylene is the baby.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Two Words: Speaker Pods.
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: "Listen to my song!"
* {{Jerkass}}: It's hard to see why, if he weren't a MessianicArchetype, anyone would put up with Basara at all. He's continually blowing out the rest of the band, and, indeed, their fans, for his own reasons. He endangers the lives of military and civilian personnel by turning up in combat and getting in the way, and is completely insensitive to the feelings of pretty much everyone around him. This also ends up being one of the main criticisms non-Japanese fans, in particular, level at the show; he's such an unrepentant, unrelenting ''ass'', and never really changes or gets called on it, that it badly stretches viewers' suspension of disbelief.
* JerkassHasAPoint: For everything that's said about Basara, it doesn't change that ''he's right''. Singing is the answer to their problem.
* {{Kaiju}}: Gabil.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Despite repeated unprovoked attacks on the Earth Forces, kidnapping an entire colonization fleet, sucking the life force out of anyone whom he didn't kill, and nearly wiping out all life in the galaxy, Gepelnitch gets to fly away to live peacefully somewhere else... in the body of the dude he jacked before the series started.]]
** This charge is also occasionally leveled at ''Basara''; he is an ''unceasing'' jerk to nearly everyone around him, and never ''really'' gets called to the mat on it or made to change, and by the end it seems like his behavior's been completely vindicated.
* KiAttacks: ...through the power of rock and roll.
* LifeEnergy: Spiritia.
%%* LighterAndSofter
* LivingMacGuffin: Basara is the key to the Protodeviln's plan for an infinite source of energy and food.
* LetsGetDangerous: Max does this twice. The first time is when he decides to stop playing with the Varauta and thus declares it's time to show them their real strength before firing the [[WaveMotionGun Macross Cannon]], wiping out most of their fleet. The second time is during Operation Stargazer, when the pilots get stuck with Varauta's defenses... And he jumps in his fighter, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome breaks open the defenses and reaches the mission target before anyone can understand where all those explosions came from]].
** Not to mention he performs a fold into a planetary atmosphere, a move that would cause basically anyone else to crash immediately due to sudden incoming gravitational force.
* LoopholeAbuse: In episode 6, Gamlin was out on patrol when he found a disguised enemy craft. He chased it for a little while, but it got away. When he asked for permission to search for it, he was told that it fell out of the range of his duties, and that he should let an investigative team search for it and enjoy the vacation time he would be getting the next day. His response was to say that his vacation time started in one hour, and that he wanted permission to continue searching in his free time. Needless to say, he got permission.
* LoudOfWar: Speaker Pod Gamma, the mecha-sized shoulder-mounted missile launcher. The two times that it is utilized, it's so loud that the sound waves push back the inhabitants of whatever room it enters, and ''[[RuleOfFunny even knocks down three-dimensional computer-generated holograms]]''.
* LoveTriangle: Basara, Sivil, Mylene, and Gamlin are at the center of a LoveDodecahedron. The more obvious ones include that Sivil finds literal orgasmic pleasure from Basara's Spiritia, Basara and Mylene are bandmates, Gamlin is in an arranged relationship with Mylene...
** In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', Basara/Sivil and Mylene/Gamlin are the accepted pairings...
* MadDoctor: Gadget M. Chiba wants to cure the patients attacked by the "vampires". [[http://imgur.com/cdL0pve One of his experiments is strapping pilot Gamlin to a chair and forcing him to wear earphones with Basara's music playing at a really painful volume]].
* MacrossMissileMassacre: A sequel to the TropeNamer.
* MarshmallowHell: Happens to Pedro in ''The Galaxy Is Calling Me!'' when he falls between Emilia's breasts before she plucks him out of there.
* MathematiciansAnswer: Basara angrily asks Ray why his Valkyrie is armed with missiles. "Because they fit." (i.e. they were missiles intended to be fired by a Valkyrie.)
* MeaningfulName: "Nekki" means "enthusiasm", and "Basara" translates roughly to "crazy/stylish/over the top". both fitting of a rocker.
* MechaExpansionPack: The Sound Boosters.
* MidSeasonUpgrade: Going from one VF-19 with speakers to a whole custom squad of musical Variable Fighters.
* MotorcycleOnTheCoastRoad: ...IN SPACE.
* MyBrainIsBig: Exedore's new design, based on his ''[[Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove Do You Remember Love?]]'' one.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The expression on Sivil's face shows this when she realizes she's almost completely drained Basara.
** Gepelnitch once he realizes he'll drain the entire universe of Spiritia.
* MythArc: The whole ''Macross'' saga.
* NoNameGiven: The "Flower Girl" who always turns up around Basara, never has any lines, and, aside from the last episode, never actually succeeds in getting her bouquets to him. Even the credits just call her 'Flower Girl'.
* NonHumanSidekick: Mylene's Gyararashi, Guvava.
* NoSell: Gepelnitch is immune to pretty much anything you throw at him, including the macross cannon and most of Basara's music. It takes Basara's final song to do the trick.
* NotHimself: When the Protodeviln start [[GrandTheftMe bodyjacking]] people.
* NuclearWeaponsTaboo: The show continues the Macross tradition of referring to their nuke stand-ins using the ambiguous term 'hannou heiki' or 'hannou dan' meaning 'reaction weapon'. WordOfGod states that these weapons are [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Antimatter pair annihilation]] devices.
* NukeEm: Basara lampshades this.
* ObaSan: Serves as a mild BerserkButton for Milia, who is strikingly similar [[Anime/TenchiMuyoGXP to another green-haired older woman in space who's rather snappy]].
* OddlyNamedSequel: This is ''not'' the seventh Macross series, but the number 7 ''is'' a recurring motif in it.
* TheOjou: Mylene, although she subverts large parts of the trope; hilariously her "bodyguards" ''call'' her "ojou" even though Macross Seven is a democracy.
** It's the fact that she is the daughter of a high-ranking official AND their boss' daughter. They do so out of politeness and their desire to keep their jobs.
* OneManArmy: The Protodeviln. A single Protodeviln was able to take out an entire Zentrandi fleet. Remember the original series and how there were literally millions of battleships? ''That'' was ''one'' fleet. The feat was so impressive that Zentrans have an innate fear of Protodeviln built into them.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The Protodeviln are unable to generate Spiritia on their own, and therefore have to absorb it from other species. Their thralls can also do this, to the point where City 7's citizens actually start calling them "vampires" in-universe.
* ParentalAbandonment: Borderline with Mylene. While both of her parents are alive, they're also the commander of the fleet and mayor of the city and, for obvious reasons, extremely busy with work. One recurring bit in the story is her improving relationship with her parents.
* PerpetualFrowner: Exedore
* ThePowerOfRock: Big time.
** It causes orgasms in Protodeviln and heck, saves the entire universe from having its LifeEnergy sucked out.
* PuppeteerParasite: The Protodeviln can possess the bodies of others, with some preferring to stick with a single host for an extended period of time.
* [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race]]: The Zentradi.
* RealRobot: Despite all the fantastical elements, the mecha themselves stay in this area (Fire Bomber's Valkyries' {{Unusual User Interface}}s aside).
* RedshirtArmy: Led by [[WeAreTeamCannonFodder Emerald Force]], [[OvershadowedByAwesome Diamond Force]] and, later, the [[OvershadowedByAwesome Jamming Birds]] who get a pass by occasionally proving their worth.
* {{Retcon}}: The designs from ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove'' have mostly replaced the original ''SDF Macross'' ones.
* TheRival: Gamlin
* RoboSpeak: Many devices, including vending machines and the bridge tannoy.
* RunningGag:
** DiabolusExMachina stalks the Flower Girl, thwarting her every chance to give Basara her bouquet.
** Also, Veffidas using just about everything like a drum.
** Basara's frustration at the way the Protodeviln never stick around long enough for him to finish his songs.
** Sivil's whole attempt to study the effects of the Anima Spirita are thwarted by the fact she can't control [[FantasticArousal her raging hormones]]...
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Gamlin does this in episode 32. The military has impounded Basara's Valkyrie, and the Protodeviln are [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] the new Jamming Birds unit. Gamlin then proceeds to take his Valkyrie over to where Basara's Valkyrie was being kept and helps Basara take it out so he can save the day.
* ShortAnimeMovie: Just half a hour.
* ShoutOut: The Macross 7 has everything on board, [[http://imgur.com/B29RWyx even a fountain with a]] [[http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manneken_Pis Manneken Pis]]!!
* SittingOnTheRoof: Basara likes to play and sing on the roof from time to time.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Starts off neutral, and gradually shifts more and more to the idealistic side of things.
* SneezeCut: When Basara and Gamlin are arguing about Mylene, the last shot of the episode is Mylene giving a cute little sneeze.
* {{Stripperific}}:
** Sivil's outfit, with tight leather and what can only be described as stylized breast-baring.
** Mylene's outfits are pretty bad too, but then again she's a female rock musician.
*** And even then, it's only her ''stage'' outfit that really [[ShowSomeLeg Shows Some Leg]] and is rather skin-tight; her "everyday" outfits are perfectly sensible (and more jaded viewers/anime veterans would say "almost puritan", compared to what [[Anime/MacrossFrontier her successors]] and other characters like her wear today).
* SoLastSeason: Inverted. When the new Emerald Force is commissioned, even though they have the latest model Variable Fighters, they have trouble with Gigil of the Protodeviln. When one of Emerald Force's members gets so obsessed with shooting Gigil down that his shots hit City 7, Gamlin gives him a WhatTheHellHero before telling the other two members of Diamond Force to use a series of formations against Gigil, [[{{Curb Stomp Battle}} completely kicking his ass and shooting down his Ace Custom Transforming Mecha.]]
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: For the most part, the baddies get progressively more dangerous through the course of the series, as more and more Protodeviln begin awakening.
* SpaceIsAnOcean: To the point where ''Dynamite 7'' adds in ''space whales''.
* SpaceIsNoisy: Although the show justifies the actual "singing at your opponent through a vacuum" bit as well as it can.
* SpaceWhale: The Galactic Whales of ''Dynamite 7'', though their design also has a touch of StarfishAliens.
* SpandexLatexOrLeather: Basara and Mylene's clothes.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Should there be a vowel between the "L" and "N" in "Protodeviln"?
* SpySpeak: Used by Ray in episode 10 when he makes a phone call.
* TheSpock: Exedore, again.
* StarCrossedLovers: Sivil is into Basara. Basara appears to be into Sivil. But Sivil has very nearly killed him already, and it might happen again. Sivil leaves, Basara decides he'll travel the Galaxy too...
** Subverted in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', where Sivil doesn't leave, and instead is portrayed as a key member of Sound Force.
* StockFootage: One of the ''big'' criticisms of the show - many battles, particularly in the show's first half, have mostly the same recycled scenes ''in the same order'', and several scenes have blatant use of methods like endless corridor shots. The second half gets ''somewhat'' better about this, but it's still there.
** The big reason the show takes so much flak for this is that the rest of the ''Macross'' franchise - from the [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross original]], to ''7''[='s=] immediate contemporary ''Anime/MacrossPlus'', to ''every'' subsequent series since - use their '''lack''' of stock footage as something of a point of pride. Even ''SDF Macross'', for how small its budget was, was very good about obscuring its use of stock footage and making sure things felt fresh. ''[=M7=]'''s blatant footage reuse felt like something of a betrayal in comparison - not helped at all by the fact that it was literally airing in tandem with the release of ''Plus'', and the inevitable comparisons.
** A low budget, coupled with the fact that they had to stretch the main series out over 49 episodes when it would have done much better as a standard 26 episode series, made for a lot of recycled footage and slow pacing. ''Macross [=FB7=]'' does a pretty good job of trimming a lot of fat from the series, and shows what could have been if they'd have made a ''Macross 7'' movie in the vein of ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove'' and the two ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' movies.
* TakeThat: The Jamming Birds fail to have an effect on the Protodeviln... because, in a DiscontinuityNod, they're singing the music from ''Anime/MacrossII''.
* TeamPet: Guvava, Mylene's pet furball-thing who looks either like a [[Franchise/StarTrek Tribble]] with eyes and legs or a [[Franchise/YuGiOh Kuriboh]].
* TheStoic: Veffidas, Fire Bomber's drummer, barely gives any indication of fear, happiness, or surprise.
* TransformingMecha: It wouldn't be ''Macross'' without them.
* TrashTheSet: Basara and Sivil's first non-battle meeting. Sivil attempts to pounce on Basara, only for ThePowerOfRock to trash several smaller items. They kiss, and the energy release causes [[ClothingDamage Basara and Sivil's clothing to be heavily torn apart]], and Basara's giant mecha to be toppled, as well as the other members of Fire Bomber to feel a small quake.
* {{Tsundere}}: Mylene.
* UnfortunateNames: Ray and Lt. Kinryu's former elite fighter group. It doesn't matter how badass a fighter squadron you guys are, [[spoiler:"Pink Peckers" is not a name calculated to strike fear into the hearts of your opponents.... or anything else, aside from gay/genitalia jokes....]]
* UnusualUserInterface: Basara's Valkyrie ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variable_fighter variable fighter]]) is piloted by a guitar. The rest of Fire Bomber also pilot their Valkyries with instrument-based control schemes.
* VerbalTic: Gavil and "beauty" involving tagging a "-bi" at the ends of important nouns.
* TheVoiceless: Veffidas, Flower Girl.
* WalkingTheEarth: Implied with Basara as seen in the opening and ending of ''Dynamite 7'' where after Fire Bomber's final concert, he travelled across the galaxy, still singing songs. The ''[=FB7=]'' crossover movie revealed that the ''Frontier'' characters were unaware of the band's disbandment until they received videotapes from Gavil regarding the fate of the 7th fleet.
* WaveMotionGun: ..which proves useless against the BigBad.
** It kinda...stuns him. That counts for something when said BigBad is about to bring the universe to its potential end.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Interestingly, this show answers one. Remember the Supervision Army, that ancient enemy of the Zentraedi from the original series that we never see, with the original Macross being one of their ships? ''Macross 7'' explains that they were Zentraedi that had been brainwashed by the Protodeviln.
* XMeetsY: ''Dynamite 7'' can be summed up as ''Literature/MobyDick'' meets ''Macross''.

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