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

* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', the original series, still regarded as a classic among mecha fans, depicting a war between humanity and giant militaristic aliens known as the Zentraedi.
** ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove'', a movie adaptation of the original series, with significant plot and design changes, yet is still very highly regarded.
* ''Anime/MacrossPlus'', a short OVA (and later movie) sequel taking place 30 years after the first series, focusing on a contest between two prototype planes.
* ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'', a full series sequel taking place on a colonization fleet a few years after ''Plus'', which encounters the enemy the Zentraedi were fighting before humanity. Something of a black sheep in the series, and tends to be very LoveItOrHateIt among fans.
** ''Macross Dynamite 7'' (OAV), a short sequel to ''7'', taking place several years later and focusing on thwarting a group of poachers trying to hunt literal {{Space Whale}}s.
* ''Anime/MacrossZero'' (OAV), a prequel to the original series, depicting the tail end of the UN Wars mentioned in the series backstory, and offering some more insight into the [[{{Precursors}} Protoculture]] and their contact with ancient humans.
* ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'', a full series sequel set nearly 50 years after the original series. It is also set on a colonization fleet, and depicts humanity's encounter, and clash, with a new alien race known as the Vajra. Something of a "modern retread" of the original series in many of its themes.
* ''Anime/MacrossDelta'', a new series announced for 2015. Very little is known as of this writing.
* ''Anime/MacrossII'', an OVA and manga series that was made without the original creators' authorization, and has since been placed as an AlternateContinuity. The story follows a news reporter as he gets caught up in a war against the Marduk, who use enslaved Zentraedi soldiers to fight for them.
* ''Macross: Flashback 2012'', an extended music video for Minmay, which also acts as an epilogue to the series.

[[AC:Related Works]]
* ''Franchise/{{Macross Expanded Universe}}''

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

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

!!Tropes applying to the franchise as a whole:

* BlackSheep: Either ''Macross 7'', which was much lower-budget and more Super Robot-like than the rest of the franchise, or ''Macross Zero'', which is far more character-focused and lacks an emphasis on J-Pop music, instead having tribal island hymns.
* CoolPlane: When the series isn't showcasing HumongousMecha, it's showing off incredible dogfights between futuristic fighter jets (which transform into the HumongousMecha).
* LoveTriangle: One omnipresent trope in the series is the love triangle: pretty much any ''Macross'' story is guaranteed to have this in some form or another. They usually avoid becoming a RomanticPlotTumor, as equally as much attention is paid to the characters' relationships as is paid to the overall space opera.
* ThePowerOfRock: The other ubiquitous trope in the franchise is music and singers playing a major role in the central conflict. It isn't always rock music, but that gets used a lot since it tends to go very well with incredible aerospace battles.
* RealRobotGenre: It straddles the line between Super Robot and Real Robot. There are a number of fantastic plot elements but the technology and pseudo-science is mostly [[MinovskyPhysics internally consistent]], even if it resorts to HandWave on occasion. Yes, this includes ''Macross 7'', Super Robot-y as it is, the ideas it introduced to the series are picked up and used (in a more subdued manner) by later stories.
* RiddleForTheAges: Exactly what happened to the ''Megaroad 01''? Thirty real-life years later and nearly fifty in-universe years later, and all anyone knows is that it disappeared without a trace a few years after its launch. No ''Macross'' series has touched that plot thread since its introduction.
* TransformingMecha: It was among the first RealRobot series to feature transforming mecha, and the ''Macross'' itself was, at the time, the largest transforming mecha that had ever been seen (over ten times larger than the next contender).