Fire BomberNekki Basara
The main protagonist of the series, Basara is a young rock musician looking to leave his mark on the world. Basara is largely unconcerned with financial gain or even fame; his greatest desire is to have his music recognized and understood by others. His focus on his goals can lead others to see him as self-centered, and he's often frustrated when people do not understand his motivations. When the Protodeviln attack, he begins flying his Valkyrie into battle to sing at them, hoping to replicate Minmay's feat of ending conflict through song.
He is eventually revealed to be a rare individual who possesses "Anima Spiritia", making him a pivotal figure in the conflict against the Protodeviln.
Mylene Flare Jenius
- Ace Pilot: Whatever problems people have with his usual behavior, everyone agrees he is a damned good Valkyrie pilot.
- Actual Pacifist: He never attacks anyone if he can help it, though he is quite good at dodging. The only time he will break this rule is if someone he cares about is in danger... and then he will angrily berate them afterward for putting him in a position where he had to fight back.
- Catch Phrase: "Listen to my song!"/"Ore no uta o kikke!"
- Determinator: Giving up is not a concept Basara is familiar with. No matter how fruitless his actions seem to be, he just keeps trying.
- Doing It for the Art: Singing is not a means to him, it is an end in and of itself. This is usually at the center of his clashes with Mylene: she wants to take the band in more successful directions, and Basara doesn't really see the point.
- Hot-Blooded: He is a rock star, after all.
- Last Name Basis: Nobody ever calls him "Nekki", it's always "Basara".
- Mysterious Past: Even his closest friends know next to nothing about his childhood. All that is known is that he grew up someplace very windy and cold. And spent his days singing at a mountain trying to get it to move.
- Not Good with People: He is not good at expressing himself verbally, and is easily frustrated. He also takes a very "devil-may-care" attitude to things like schedules, claiming that he "sings when he wants to sing", to the point that it's practically expected for him to be late to his own concerts.
The seventh and youngest daughter of Max and Milia Jenius, Mylene is pursuing a dream as a rock star and has joined up with Fire Bomber as their bassist and secondary vocalist. With her musical talent, she easily succeeds with her music, though she is often exasperated by Basara's antics. She has strong feelings for both Basara and Gamlin, forming the series' requisite Love Triangle
. She is constantly accompanied by her friend/pet Gubaba.
- Ace Pilot: It's in the blood. She claims that Valkyries are like toys to her.
- Arranged Marriage: Her mother is trying to set her up in one with Gamlin, despite the fact that she's only fourteen years old. She's very much against it, until she actually meets Gamlin.
- Compulsory School Age: Averted. She has a successful career as a rock musician and that takes up all of her time.
- Half-Human Hybrid: A human-Zentran cross. This becomes important when a Protoculture ruin scans her blood and realizes that peace has been achieved with the Zentraedi.
- Stripperiffic: Some of her outfits, but she is a female rock star.
The band's leader and keyboardist, and one of the only people who truly understands Basara to any extent. He is usually the guy smoothing things over and keeping everyone happy when there's a disagreement. He is a former military pilot and maintains connections to them; it was he who arranged for Basara to receive his custom, top-of-the-line Valkyrie.
- Ace Pilot: Formerly. He gets to put those skills to use again when Sound Force is created.
- My Greatest Failure: He left the military after seeing his best friend killed in action. He still does not like talking about those times.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Akiko.
- Team Dad: He took in Basara when the latter was a teenager, and is always serving as the level-headed authority figure among the group.
- Unfortunate Names: His squadron when he was in the military was called the Pink Peckers. Hardly a name that will inspire awe.
The band's drummer, and the only full-blooded Zentraedi among them. Veffidas is very quiet and prefers to communicate non-verbally. She can often be seen constantly drumming on something in the background.
- Funny Background Event: Veffidas is always drumming something.
- The Stoic: Her facial expression never changes, no matter what happens.
- The Voiceless: Subverted, as she does speak up several times in the series, usually to get Mylene out of a funk. She prefers simply gesturing most of the time.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Apparently a Zentran trait.
A small furry creature that is always hanging around Mylene. Though he cannot speak, he is intelligent, so Mylene considers him to be a close friend more than a pet. He was rescued from his harsh homeworld by Max, and given to Mylene at a young age.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: He's basically a Tribble with eyes and vocalizes squeaky noises.
- Synchronization: He will often mirror Mylene's facial expressions and moods, and is known to have a telepathic link to her.
- Team Pet: He fulfills this role, though as stated he is actually intelligent.
Macross 7 FleetCaptain Maximilian Jenius
The commander of Macross 7's military forces and Captain of Battle 7
. He spends most of his time on the bridge dealing with this or that military threat. Though he doesn't take to a Valkyrie himself much anymore, he has lost none of his skills, and is an excellent tactician. He and Milia are currently separated, but still legally married.
Adviser Exsedol/Exedore Folmo
- Ace Pilot: Still the best fighter pilot in the universe, no questions asked.
- Big Good
- Chick Magnet: Observe the way the Bridge Bunnies act toward him. When Mylene unexpectedly shows up on the bridge to talk to him, their immediate thought is that she's Max's much younger girlfriend, before Exsedol informs them that she's Max's daughter.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Moreso than most of the other military commanders, he's cautious and slow to make deliberate sacrifices. Mistake this for cowardice at your own peril.
Former Zentraedi Archivist to Britai, he now serves as adviser and XO to Captain Jenius. Unlike most other Zentraedi on the fleet, he has chosen not to undergo micronization, and remains at his original giant size. His reasons are never explicitly stated. He exists to provide exposition on the Protodeviln as more is learned about them.
Milia Fallyna Jenius
- Mr. Exposition: Though he is kept from mentioning a lot of it at first due to a crippling fear of the Protodeviln. He can also read Protoculture script.
- My Brain Is Big: Keeps his DYRL character design, rather than the more human-looking one he originally had.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: What does he do when ordered to shoot down a Meltrandi ship his commander is aboard? Shoots the Macross Cannon... about fifty degrees off-target, then claims that "I'm not used to command, I must have phrased the order poorly."
Mayor of City 7
and the civilian leader of the fleet. Her greatest concern is always the safety of her citizens, and she is often frustrated at being left out of the loop when military emergencies pop up. She and Max are still married but separated, and the tension between them is obvious whenever they speak.
- Ace Pilot: She may be politicking now, but she's still one of the greatest aces the Zentraedi ever produced, and she can still kick ass in a fighter.
- Hot Mom: Noted to still be very beautiful despite, in Mylene's words, "dropping seven daughters".
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: When her old VF-1 gets blown up, she receives a VF-17. She immediately orders it painted red, to Gamlin's dismay.
- My Beloved Smother: Mylene appears to view her in this way: she is concerned with Mylene's safety, which Mylene sees as limiting her freedom.
The head of Milia's bodyguards, he is often charged with looking after Mylene, a fact that she resents.
Lt. Gamlin Kizaki
- Badly Battered Babysitter: A lot of his scenes involve Mylene leading him and his men on a wild goose chase through the city, and yes, he often does end up a bit battered, or at least completely exhausted, by the end of it.
- The Big Guy: He is huge compared to the other characters. It's a wonder he can fit in a car.
Member of the elite squadron "Diamond Force", and former student of Milia, Gamlin is a serious minded soldier whose greatest motivation is protecting the civilians of the fleet. He is set up in an Arranged Marriage
with Mylene, and the two of them have a close, if mostly platonic, relationship. He is initially very annoyed with Basara's interference in battle, but over the course of the series comes to get to know him better, and the two develop a friendship.
- Ace Pilot: Very much so. It's why he's in Diamond Force.
- Dogged Nice Guy: His general social awkwardness aside, he is very kind and gentlemanly, which is one reason Mylene is willing to date him despite it being arranged. He is also fully supportive of Mylene's rock star ambitions, and is shown getting into rock music to some extent in order to share her passion.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: From his perspective. He'd have no problem at all with marrying Mylene. In fact, he proposes to her near the end of the series, but we're never told what answer she eventually gives.
- 10-Minute Retirement: He briefly quits the military later in the series after having doubts about their methods. Eventually he comes back, as he realizes that being a pilot is simply who he is.
The leader of Diamond Force, and former wingman of Ray Lovelock.
- Ace Pilot: Diamond Force, again.
- The Casanova: He appears to be dating two Bridge Bunnies at the same time... literally. They are both perfectly okay with this.
- The Worf Effect: One of the first victims of Sivil, to show just how much more powerful she is than an ordinary Varauta soldier. He survives but goes insane from pure terror for a time afterward.
Originally part of Diamond Force, he is one of the first victims of Spiritia draining, and is hospitalized for nearly half the series. After recovering he is given command of the new Emerald Force. Though certainly a capable pilot, he is also arrogant and something of a womanizer.
Physica S. Fulcrum
- Ace Pilot: Whatever one can say about his personality, his skill at piloting cannot be denied.
- Foil: Serves to highlight Gamlin's good traits, since he has none of them.
- The Worf Effect: Goes down in the first battle of the series, but doesn't die and later recovers.
The final pilot of Diamond Force. He is one of Gamlin's best friends.
- Ace Pilot: Diamond Force, natch.
- A Death in the Limelight: The first episode that gives him any characterization is the one in which he dies.
- Death Notification: Gamlin resolves to do this after his last battle. It turns out that Physica's wife had remarried behind his back, and his child had come to know another man as "papa". Gamlin finds himself unable to interrupt their peace.
- Fatal Family Photo: Played absolutely straight.
An old friend of Ray's who becomes Fire Bomber's promoter early in the show. She met Ray back when he was a pilot, because she was the girlfriend of his deceased wingman.
- Absolute Cleavage: Her shirt is pretty open, though the way she wears it usually doesn't show too much.
- Cool Big Sis: Sometimes fulfills this role for Mylene, helping her with her sometimes volatile relationship with Basara.
- Not Right in the Bed: When possessed by Sivil, she is much more sexual around both Basara and Ray, which freaks the two of them out (they seem to chalk up her behavior to being sick with something).
- Platonic Life Partners: With Ray. In fact, the one time she's shown being flirtatious toward him, he's clearly uncomfortable and thinks something is wrong with her.
A military doctor who studies the effect music has on recovering patients in his spare time. This leads him to notice the rejuvenating effect Basara's music has on those who have been drained of Spiritia, and allows him to make breakthroughs regarding "Song Energy" and Anima Spiritia. He designs several pieces of equipment meant to harness The Power of Rock
as a physical energy source.
The leader of a biker gang that Basara befriends early in the series.
A short-haired blonde girl who shows up Once an Episode
, trying to give Basara a bouquet she seems to always have on her.
- Failure Is the Only Option: She never succeeds at giving Basara the flowers until the final episode.
- Fangirl: Has a claim at being Basara's most devoted fan, though she's of the quiet sort rather than the screaming teenager.
- No Name Given
- The Voiceless: She never has any lines, but we do hear her singing one of Basara's songs in the final episode.
The leader of the Protodeviln, and the Big Bad
of the series. Geppelnitch's goal is the continuation of the Protodeviln, but he recognizes the inherent problems with simply absorbing Spiritia wherever he can find it. To that end, he hopes to establish a "Spiritia Farm" so that their supply never runs out.
- Catch Phrase: "I am Geppelnitch!"
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: His possessed human body looks and sounds extremely feminine, but is stated conclusively to be a man. In fact, the fansubs went so far as to insert a note informing viewers "No, seriously, that's a guy." during one of his early appearances.
- Eldritch Abomination: His true form is a somewhat amorphous, gigantic monster with about ten million bony tentacles emerging from it, which grows to planetary proportions as it absorbs more Spiritia. It's stated that if he were to fully awaken, he could drain all the Spiritia in the entire galaxy within just a few minutes.
- Horror Hunger: It seems as though Geppelnitch cannot fully control his true form's hunger for Spiritia, which is one reason he's so interested in finding a renewable source for it.
- Karma Houdini: After he learns how to generate his own Spiritia, he leaves the galaxy with the rest of the surviving Protodeviln. What's strange is that he keeps his possessed human body, and nobody ever comments on this.
The only other Protodeviln active at the beginning of the story, who acts as the military commander of their brainwashed troops. He doesn't see the point of Geppelnitch's ambitions, and prefers to simply hunt and absorb Spiritia as they have always done. He harbors deep feelings for fellow Protodeviln Sivil.
- Ace Custom: pilots a customized version of the standard Varauta fighter.
- Cyborg: His possessed human body has several obviously mechanical pieces. Whether Gigil put them there or whether they were there before his possession is not known.
- Determinator: The only Protodeviln to awaken his true form entirely on his own, for the purpose of protecting Sivil.
- Dreadful Musician: He starts trying to sing to Sivil later in the series. The results are horrific.
- Enemy Mine: He never really joins the humans' side, but he and Basara find themselves cooperating to awaken Sivil in the latter half of the series. Especially after the other Protodeviln decide he is a hindrance to their plans and try to kill him.
- Kaiju: His true form is humongous.
- Power of the Void: Seems to be his true form's primary method of fighting. He takes out literally half a planet with it when he dies.
- This Is Unforgivable: Do NOT attempt to harm Sivil, whether you are a Protodeviln or not!
The first true Protodeviln to be awakened, and the first to identify Basara as possessing Anima Spiritia. She becomes obsessed with Basara and repeatedly tries to investigate him, despite the effects his music has on her.
- Damsel in Distress: Despite her immense power, she is put into a coma partway through the series, thus becoming helpless against both humanity and the other Protodeviln.
- Heel-Face Turn: Near the end of the series, she starts protecting Basara from the other Protodeviln. She even declares that she no longer wishes to drain Spiritia, despite knowing full well this would mean her death. Fortunately, it doesn't come to that.
- Humanoid Abomination: She looks mostly human, except for her skin tone, ears, and fang-like teeth. She's still a Protodeviln, and takes down a battleship and a full squadron of Valkyries with little effort in her first appearance.
- One-Woman Wail: Fond of doing this whenever exercising her power.
The second Protodeviln to be awakened, Gravil is a massive, bestial creature. His main weapon, besides his enormous body, is a beam fired from his right hand that is stated to have several times the maximum output of the Macross Cannon. He and Gabil are actually two halves of one Protodeviln, Gavigula.
The third Protodeviln to awaken, Gabil is one of the smallest, being about the size of a human, albeit with fur and wings. He usually fights alongside Gravil and, unique among the Protodeviln, prefers flying a mech rather than fighting with his own power. He is one of the more strategically-minded Protodeviln. He and Gravil are actually two halves of one Protodeviln, Gavigula.
- Mundane Solution: Humans have figured out you're weak against music? Earplugs!
- The Rival: To Gamlin.
- Verbal Tic: The guy cannot go two sentences without mentioning "beauty" in some form.
- Winged Humanoid: Of the "disappearing" kind. His wings seem to appear and disappear at random when he's not in combat.
- Wings Do Nothing: He has wings on his back, but like all Protodeviln he can fly without them, so they're just for show.
The fourth Protodeviln to be awakened. Valgo prefers to attack from a distance by creating an army of smaller flying creatures that can drain Spiritia for him. He doesn't particularly like Gabil, and the dislike is mutual.
Zamd and Goram
- Familiar: The flying beasts he creates are referred to as such in the Japanese dialogue.
- Kaiju: Like Gravil, he is gigantic.
- Instant Runes: A pentagram appears over the area he's affecting when using his full powers.
- Teleport Interdiction: He can warp spacetime to prevent ships from folding out and escaping.
The final two Protodeviln to be awakened (besides Geppelnitch himself), these two appear to be twins of some kind, and always act and speak in tandem.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: They get eaten by Geppelnitch during his rampage in the final episode.
- Evil Laugh: A very slow, almost robotic "Oh... ho... ho... ho...", which seems designed to sound as mocking as possible.
- Eye Beams: One of their weaker abilities.
- Kaiju: Yet again, these two are humongous.
- Multiarmed And Dangerous: They each have seven arms. They don't do very much with them though, usually holding them in poses reminiscient of Hindu deities.
- Teleport Spam: Their usual method of moving about.
- Wave Motion Gun: If they combine their power, they can fire a very powerful one.
Encore and Movie CharactersChlore
The commander of a rogue, uncultured Meltrandi fleet that encounters Macross 7 in deep space. She used to know Milia, and is confused as to why Milia seems entirely disinterested in their rivalry anymore.
- Ace Pilot: She rivals Milia in piloting skill, which is saying quite a lot.
- Fangirl: She and the rest of her fleet after hearing Basara's singing.
- The Rival: Milia's, formerly. Milia doesn't really care about her combat record anymore, which baffles Chlore, who has still been trying to surpass her in the past forty years.
A Meltrandi living as a hermit on a frozen planet, practicing her singing skills in seclusion. Unfortunately, the nearby mining town mistakes her songs for the cries of a monster, and believe the mountain is cursed. Both the Protodeviln and Macross 7 pick up her songs and send troops to investigate. She is Mylene's older sister, the fifth daughter of Max and Milia.
- Ace Pilot: She is a Jenius, after all.
- Doing It for the Art: Takes a similar approach to music as Basara does. She's training herself in seclusion for the moment, as she feels that she's not ready to perform in front of people.
- Hot-Blooded: Nearly as much as Basara, as shown when they get into a singing duel.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: She shares a romantic scene with Basara after they finish their duel, going so far as to try to kiss him. Basara doesn't appear to mind, but they are interrupted before it happens. What makes this somewhat awkward is that she's still macronized.
Dynamite CharactersElma Hoillie
A young Zolan girl whom Basara meets when visiting planet Zola. She is a fan of Fire Bomber and dreams of becoming a singer herself, and asks Basara to make her his student.
- Cheerful Child: It seems to be hard to get her down.
- Determinator: Despite having the strength of a child, she manages to carry Basara through most of a jungle and up a mountain to a hot spring in order to heal him.
- The Medic: She knows a few folk remedies and twice heals Basara from wounds he's sustained by being himself.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Two different shades at that. Two-toned hair seems to be a standard Zolan trait.
Elma's and Liza's father. He lost an arm and his wife years ago due to an accident with the Galactic Whales, and now seeks to kill the white one, the apparent leader of the group. To facilitate this, he has macronized himself, and is the only macronized Zolan seen.
- Expy: His character draws many parallels with Captain Ahab.
- Pet the Dog: We first see that he's not as bad as he acts when he helps Basara repair his guitar.
- Revenge: His apparent motivation against the White Whale. It's actually a bit deeper than that. He believes that the White Whale is so old that it wishes to die, and he is trying to help it do so. Basara thinks he's projecting his own unconscious desire to die onto the whale, hoping to die in battle with it.
Elma's older sister, who is a member of the Zola Patrol. She primarily spends her time trying to stop poachers from attacking the Galactic Whales as they pass through the system, including her father (both because what he's doing is illegal and because she doesn't want to see him die in doing it).
The White Whale
- Ace Pilot: Although the fact that she's limited to non-lethal weapons (she's a police officer, not a soldier) hampers her ability somewhat.
- Character Development: Like Gamlin, she is at first utterly confused and exasperated with Basara going out and singing in the midst of battle, but eventually comes to understand a bit of why he does such things.
- Indy Ploy: Displays a masterful one in episode 3: She sees the poachers are retreating via space fold, so, on the spur of the moment, she hijacks a poacher Valkyrie and follows them. Then she infiltrates their base, learns their plans, gets discovered, hijacks another Valkyrie and a Fold Booster they happened to have lying around, and escapes despite heavy opposition.
The leader of the pod of Galactic Whales, easily recognizable by its massive size compared to the others and its pure white coloration. It is at the center of the conflict with the poachers, as it keeps interfering with their efforts to attack its kin.
- Death Seeker: Graham believes the Whale to be this, due to its extreme age. Basara disagrees.
- Feed It a Bomb: The poachers try to kill it with a Reaction Weapon. The Whale eats the bomb and doesn't appear to be harmed by the explosion at all.
- It Can Think: The poachers come to this conclusion, since they notice the White Whale doesn't attack the Zola Patrol (at least not intentionally). It's finally proven to everyone when the White Whale "sings" along with Basara at the end.
- Space Whale: Quite literally.
- Time Abyss: While all the Galactic Whales can live for thousands of years, the White Whale's age is counted in the millions.