Male protagonist of Macross Frontier, Alto's a high school student in the Mihoshi Academy, studying its "Pilot Training" course. As a result of his fine, masculine features and long, blue hair, he's often mistaken for a girl at first glance, even receiving the In-Series Nickname "Hime" (Princess). Otherwise, Alto's your Ordinary High-School Student, though somewhat aloof and standoff-ish. Born into a well-known Kabuki family, his persistent yearning for the skies has made a thorny relationship with his father Ranzou Saotome. He constantly frets having to live aboard the Macross Frontier fleet, due to the lack of a "true sky". After getting the chance to pilot a VF-25 Messiah variable fighter (due to its original pilot, Henry Gilliam, being killed by a Vajra space mecha-drone) and seeing the destruction brought upon by the Vajra, he makes it a point to serve the S.M.S., a private military corporation, to protect those around him and fulfill his dreams of taking to the skies. Under the designation "Skull-4", Alto serves under Major Ozma Lee of the S.M.S. Skull Squadron.Throughout the series, Alto balances both school and military life, being called into service when the Vajra attack. He also develops emotional bonds with Ranka Lee, a young girl who aspires to be a singer and shares Alto's similar drive to achieve his dreams, and Sheryl Nome, the Idol Singer from the Macross Galaxy fleet.
Accidental Pervert: Happens in episode 2 when he accidentally gropes Ranka's (non-existent) rack. A few episodes later, he inadvertantley catches a glimpse at Sheryl topless. Then, there's that locker room scene in episode 5...
Loss of Identity: Alto's backstory. Finding his identity is his personal plot. Central to this is a theme of decision-making, and whether Alto ever really made a decision for himself or if it was the role deciding for him. Arguably this was never resolved in the series, but equally arguably was in the movies.
Love Triangle: The main point of it, with Ranka and Sheryl competing at the other ends.
Resolved in the second movie: He chose Sheryl.
Meaningful Name: Possibly named after Taichi Saotome, an onna-gata from the Kabuki theater, and just like his fictitious counterpart, he's also trying to play against type as he's tired to play only feminine roles, just like Alto.
Meido: Dressed up as one in the 2nd movie during a concert staged as a cover to help break Sheryl out of prison. The fact that he also does the actual sneaking in and breaking out while dressed as a maid may qualify him for Ninja Maid status.
Put on a Bus: He's not in the upcoming crossover movie Macross FB7: Listen to My Song! despite the fact the movie is set during the TV show's events.
Rapunzel Hair: His ponytail hides the fact his hair goes past his waist...somehow.
Training from Hell: Which includes firearm training, close-quarters combat, running laps around the Macross Quarter's hangar bay wearing the EX-Gear suit on without its power turned on and general hazing by the S.M.S. on New Meat.
Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Essentially, Alto's life becomes this once he's officially part of the S.M.S. The "going to school" part's averted by the last few episodes, as he's become a full-time military pilot at that point.
One of two female protagonists, Ranka's a petite, lively and cheerful (although naive) teenage girl with green hair and one-quarter Zentradi, which gives her a unique ability to have her hair move on its own according to her feelings, including an above-average resistance to the vacuum of space. Ranka suffers a mild form of amnesia due to having witnessed the destruction of the 117th Long Distance Research Fleet where her biological family perished. As the adopted younger sister of Ozma Lee, she initially attends an all-girl's high school at the urging of her brother while working part-time at the Chinese restaurant "Nyan-Nyan", but later transfers to Mihoshi Academy to facilitate her singing career after being discovered at the Miss Macross Contest and an ensuing movie. Ranka started off as a huge fan of Sheryl Nome as she loved singing since her childhood and had dreamt of becoming a singer. She develops a crush on Alto, especially after being rescued by him when the Vajra first attacked the Macross Frontier fleet.Ranka is the daughter to researcher Ranshe Mei, the leading scientist aboard the 117th Long Distance Research Fleet, who worked alongside Dr. Mao Nome. She is also younger sister to Brera Mei, later revealed to be the cyborg Brera Sterne. When Ranka was conceived, Ranshe was infected with the "V-Type" infection that was slowly killing her, but Ranka was born immune to it. This allowed Ranka to have a deep physical connection to the Vajra via her songs, that seemingly mimics the actions to that of a Vajra queen. It's because of this the Vajra were lured to her singing and caused the attack on the 117th Long Distance Research Fleet.
A-Cup Angst: Happens to Ranka in episode 4 during the Miss Macross Contest. It doesn't help that her best friend Nanase Matsuura tries to tell her that size doesn't matter.
The second of two female protagonists, Sheryl's known as the "Galactic Fairy", a pop idol from the Macross Galaxy fleet who constantly topped the music charts, leading people to say it was impossible not to hear her songs if you lived in the Milky Way. Her popularity was soaring just as high in the Galaxy's sister fleet, Macross Frontier. Due to her beauty and singing talent, she's a very proud and self-assured person. Sheryl recognizes the singing talent of Ranka and often offers to help her "behind the scenes" to realize her dream. Sheryl's first encounter with Alto was when he served as a backup stunt performer at her first concert in the Frontier, leading her into the series' archtypical Love Triangle.Sheryl is maternal granddaughter to Doctor Mao Nome, a researcher who worked aboard the 117th Long Distance Research Fleet alonside Ranka's mother Ranshe Mei. Dr. Nome sent an infant Sheryl a pair of earrings with fold quartz crystals years before the series began. In her early life, Sheryl lived anonymously and was a homeless orphan girl in the Macross Galaxy fleet's slums after her parents were killed for rejecting cybernetic implants and opposed the government for it, until Grace picked her up for the "Fairy 9" project. It's revealed Sheryl also suffers from the same terminal "V-Type" infection and will eventually die in the absence of a cure. However, during a charity concert, Luca Angelloni discovers her infection gives her similar abilities to those of Ranka in producing fold waves through her singing, albeit to a lesser extent. During the Final Battle, Ranka cures a dying Sheryl of the infection by sending "V-Type" microbes from her brain into her abdomen, resulting in Sheryl having the same capabilities as Ranka to physically connect with the Vajra through singing.
Ambiguously Bi: Les Yay with Ranka is one thing, but she also "stares lewdly" at Nanase during a shower scene and comments on her figure.
Broken Base: In show example: only referenced in the liner notes of the first soundtrack to the series for Sheryl's song Sagittarius☆9pm Don't be late, mentioning that it was this song that threw Sheryl into the galactic spotlight. Naturally, her older fans thought It's Popular, Now It Sucks.
Catch a Falling Star: The falling star every time: played straight twice in the series, while Sheryl invokes this during the movie once. The second time it happens in the movie the trope's subverted because she saves herself.
Cool Car: Her Ferrari California in Nyan Cli. She drives a stick no less.
Couldn't Find a Pen: In The Wings Of Goodbye, Sheryl ends up imprisoned without a pen. She writes the lyrics to a song with her own blood that she keeps coughing up from her V-type infection. What song, you ask? She called it The Wings Of Goodbye.
Dark and Troubled Past - Spent much of her early childhood a homeless orphan on the streets of Galaxy before she became a celebrity. Her rise was made possible by Grace, who found her at age 7 and spent ten years making her a celebrity. Yes. Grace. The Big Bad of the series who played a hand in the death of Sheryl's entire family, secretly (and painfully) gave her her Incurable Cough of Death in the name of Galactic Domination and revenge against Mao Nome, and sadistically discards her to die when she finds out Ranka serves her plans better. Ouch.
Despair Event Horizon: Approached twice. In episode 18 she is left a sobbing wreck. In episode 25, her song fails to override Grace's control of the Vajra and the Fold Wave pushes her V-Type Infection to its end game (that is, killing her), and Sheryl, barely conscious on the ground, resigns herself to death. Ranka mentally slaps her, then goes and cures her illness, which has the side effect of multiplying Sheryl's power over the Vajra significantly. Cue Crowning Music of Awesome.
Do Not Go Gentle: Luca and Leon give her the opportunity to save Frontier, and basically use this as their argument. She takes it, even though she doesn't expect to live through the Final Battle either way.
Double so in the movie. What do you do when you are both In last stages of terminal illness and awaiting executien in cold cell, without anything to write? Write the lyrics for a new song with blood, of course!
Gainaxing: Sheryl gains a unique version of this: there's a close-up of her cleavage as artificial gravity gradually engages from zero-G to 0.75Gs early in episode 1.
First Girl Wins: Surprise case. Ranka appeared to be the first girl up until near the end of the second movie, when Alto has a flashback to his Kabuki years when an inspired fan girl met him and told him she'd become the greatest Idol Singer ever. It was Sheryl, and it's pretty clear from that moment who he's to choose.
She's also the First Girl introduced in the Tv series. Alto and her cross paths briefly before Ranka stumbles upon him.
Heroic Willpower: Not the most obvious, because the only real skill she has to back it up is her singing, but she often tries...tries VERY HARD. And it takes a lot to break her down, namely the simultaneous multi-wham of her career spontaneously imploding, her boss and, up until then, best friend turning out to be an evilMagnificent Bitch, and the revelation she herself is terminally ill with no cure and has months, perhaps weeks, to live. Yet, she still got through it, but with a little help. The only time it ever truly fails her is when she's literally at death's door from her "incurable" fatal disease.
Hidden Depths: she begins as a shallow Rich Bitch and a typical Idol Singer - "A Fabricated Icon". Only gradually we see that she is actually nice and has tons of Heroic Willpower as well as readiness to help other people. Note that she never show any contempt towards Ranka.
In the movie, he never loses the earring. He keeps it and becomes an important plot point in their connection.
Laser-Guided Karma: Her commitment to Ranka ultimately saves her life. Twice. First she escapes the Dimension Eater bacause she wanted to help search for Ranka, second time she she convinces Alto to save Ranka, and is healed in return
Let's Get Dangerous: Complete subversion. Sheryl's attempts to do things beyond her position as Idol Singer results in complete disaster throughout the series, and her Catch Phrase tends to precede the low points of her life more often than the high. The straightest subversion is in Sheryl's infamous attempt to fly a Valkyrie. She says her Catch Phrase and even gets a Theme Music Power-Up and still she bungles it up.
Like You Were Dying: Sheryl lives her (presumed) last days as if she had won Alto in the Love Triangle and actually sleeps with him. Later she gets drunk for no apparent reason other than living like she was dying.
Red Herring: Sheryl's last name is the same as sisters Sara and Mao from Macross Zero, Mayan High Priestesses with a unique blood type that let them do crazy stuff like make rocks float and control Protoculture technology with song. Many fans assumed even before the first episode that Sheryl would turn out to be Mao's granddaughter and that this would become a major plot point. The first part turned out to be true, but the significance of this fact only goes as far as being one of the many Shout Outs to the other series.
Justified: Her actually being of that unique bloodline is only part of it, in order to use those powers, she would still need to adhere by a certain training regimen, which is taught by way of the culture of her people. But unfortunately both Sheryl's grandmother and mother died when she was young so she had no one to learn her the ways of the Mayan, and with no one to teach her it whatever powers she would have inheirted from her bloodline would remain sleeping.
Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Frontier's government decides to ignore a distress call from Galaxy as sabotage, what's an Idol Singer to do to save people? Hire a Badass Army of mercenaries for a rescue mission. Later using the exact same action to deflect suspicion from Grace and herself of being spies.
She get's another Basara Shout-Out in the 2nd movie where during a flashback to her first meeting with Alto, she declares that "I'll shake the galaxy with my singing more than you ever did!" mirroring Basara's similar declaration of "moving the galaxy" during the final episode of Macross 7. That declaration later becomes instrumental and making Alto remember their earlier meeting.
Some of her costume choices may be one of these to an iconic and infamous scene of Charlotte Rampling in the film The Night Porter.
Show Some Leg: How Sheryl gets onto the bridge of the Macross Quarter.
"Shut Up" Kiss: Episode 24 to Alto. And he was going to spill his true feelings, too. This is the whole reason why the audience doesn't know how the Love Triangle ends. Well, that and an annoyingly placed The End.
Spell My Name with an S: The Lion version of the opening title writes her name as "Sheryl Noam", a typo which persists to the brief shot of her album artwork. Early artwork also had a habit of writing her name as "Cheryl".
The Blu-Ray release of Macross Frontier actually fixed Sheryl's name in the Lion opening title, but not the CDs in Episode 18.
The Tease: Especially with Alto, but she gives it to more than a few people.
10-Minute Retirement: She loses her original reasons for singing (which are implied to have been largely self centered) when her career vanishes and she finds out she's terminally ill, announcing to Alto that she doesn't want to sing anymore and wants to try something else. She later decides that instead of singing for herself, she can sing for everyone else.
Unlimited Wardrobe: Idol Singer, natch. Becomes a bit more limited after episode 18. In the world of art this is almost a meme, as official and fan art both frequently portray her in an enormous and fashionable variety of outfits, many original to the artwork in question. Often this is even while other members of the cast are wearing the same outfits they always do in the very same image as Sheryl's totally new one.
You Are Not Alone: Occasionally has to be reminded of this in both the movies and the series. Alto tells her those four very words in The False Songstress, and the very last four words of Diamond Crevasse are "You are not alone".
Alto's high school classmate and friendly rival, Mikhail's one of his closest friends who knew of Alto's reputation as a kabuki actor. Outside of school, he's an excellent marksman and the designated sniper of Skull Squadron with callsign "Skull-2" with the rank of Second Lieutenant, piloting a blue VF-25G Messiah (gunner/sniper variant). Mikhail's motto is to always acquire his targets, be it an enemy or a woman, which maintains his reputation as a considerable ladies' man. He initially expresses doubt over Alto joining the S.M.S., stating he's using it as an excuse to further retreat from his family. In normal attire, he wears corrective glasses, but dishes them once in combat. Notably, Mikhail's ears are pointed, although whether this is a simple genetic quirk or the result of some degree of Zentradi lineage is never explained.Mikhail's parents died when he was a child, leaving him with his older sister Jessica, who served in the military, and Zentran childhood friend Klan Klang. Unfortunately, Jessica commits suicide after an investigation and court-martial, whereupon she's accused of shooting her superior officer (and her lover) during combat. Ultimately, he joins the S.M.S. to investigate whether his sister's suicide was justified; unfortunately, this small bit is never resolved at all, although it's arguable he's learned to let go of this tragedy.
Well, sort of: it's more like Mikhail would rather have Alto pick between Sheryl or Ranka than continue to be indecisive about the Love Triangle he's in. With a little bit of luck (and some pushing on his end), Mikhail ends up helping Sheryl more than Ranka in support of pursuing a relationship (though mostly due to Sheryl being an Ill Girl), but it's quite clear that he (along with Klan) would rather Alto actually make a decision than simply do nothing.
Alto and Michael's junior classmate, Luca's often frustrated his seniors give him a hard time, even though they're studying in the same classes. He's a genius with computers and military electronics, as well as serving in the S.M.S. Skull Squadron as "Skull-3". Luca pilots a green RVF-25 Messiah (reconnaissance version), but he's customized it to have three AIF-7S (QF-4000) Ghosts (hich he calls Shimon, Johanne and Petero, or simply Simon, John and Peter) that respond to his verbal commands and support him. His penchant for naming objects with Biblical names extends to his EX-Gear, which he dubs "Samson". He's also the heir to the L.A.I. corporation, a manufacturing company for the military, with near unlimited access to exotic, prototype technologies and is unknowingly involved in Grace O'Connor and Leon Mishima's plans. Throughout Macross Frontier, it's strongly hinted he has a crush on his classmate Nanase Matsuura.
All There in the Manual: Has an older sister, but you won't know that unless you read up on it through supplementary materials for the movies. Especially when you see a picture of a young Luca with his sister and Mishima.
Attack Drones: Unlike the rest of Skull Squadron, Luca relegates to information gathering and heavily relies on his three Ghost drones to do the fighting. This is fully displayed in the Final Battle, where he unleashes the program limiters in his Messiah, granting the drones independency from his commands.
Covert Pervert: His first thought at Sheryl proclaiming Alto's her slave for the day when she comes to Mihoshi Academy? BDSM.
Another classmate of Alto, Michael and Luca, Nanase Matsuura is also Ranka Lee's best friend. A shy, quiet and voluptuous girl with glasses, she also works in the same "Nyan-Nyan" restaurant as Ranka and supports her dream of becoming a singer. Nanase's a skilled artist and was hired by Grace to become Ranka's costume designer.
Hypocritical Humor: Unintentional; she tries to encourage Ranka that "breast size isn't everything" when Ranka competes in the Miss Macross contest...despite the fact she's one of the most stacked characters in the show, proportionally. The camera angle adds to the effect.
The top ace in the S.M.S. and leader of Skull Squadron, designated "Skull-1", Ozma holds the rank of Major and is an experienced former New UN Spacy (N.U.N.S.) pilot, currently using a VF-25S Messiah. He's an avid fan of Fire Bomber and often plays their songs in his car or at home, even naming some of Skull Squadron's battle formations after their songs (i.e. "Planet Dance" and "Totsugeki Love Heart"). Although laid-back and careless on the outside, he knows when to be serious, and believes the real duty of a soldier is to care for his subordinates and civilians. He's somewhat overprotective of his younger sister Ranka, and lies to her about his work so she won't have to worry about him, telling her he has a desk job in a company's personnel department.Ozma is non biologically Ranka's brother; in fact, he adopts her following the tragic attack by the Vajra on the 117th Large Scale Research Fleet 11 years before the story begins. He constantly blames himself for failing to protect the fleet and Ranka's family. To end, he willingly takes her in and ensures the same won't happen to her again, even if it means he must take the bullet to do so. Years prior, he pursued a romantic relationship with N.U.N.S 2nd Lieutenant Catherine Glass, but broke it off, which makes their current working relationship aboard the Macross Quarter a little tense at times. The end of the series implies Ozma gets back together with Catherine, during the closing scenes.
"Who cares about that!? If reaction warheads don't work, use missiles; if missiles don't work, use guns; and if guns don't work...even if I have to have have to use my teeth and nails in the end, I'll continue to fight! I'LL DAMN WELL FIGHT!!OUT OF THE WAY!"
Big Brother Instinct: Adopted Ranka and filled the role of an older brother, due to feeling guilty for not saving her family. He does let go once he figures Ranka's old enough to decide and accept on her choices, even if it means running away from the Frontier fleet.
A blue-haired Zentradi female (Meltrandi) in command of the all-female S.M.S. Pixie Squadron, Klan holds the rank of captain, piloting a red Queadlunn-Rea. As the childhood friend of Mikhail Blanc, she's harbored a life-long crush on him that does not get reciprocated, most likely due to a certain genetic anomaly, as she appears her age as a fully-developed Meltrandi while macronized, but becomes physically a juvenile in her micronian form. This makes her the perfect target for Mikhail's mockery. In fact, her love for Mikhail turns utterly tragic as he dies defending her, while she's still in the macronization process, during a sudden Vajra attack within the Frontier fleet. As a memento, Klan takes Mikhail's broken eyeglasses and puts it on a necklace as her way of remembering her one true love.
Powered Armour: Two of them: the first is her regular Queadlunn-Rea, while the second is strapping herself with a variable fighter's jet engines, missile pods and gatling gun, turning into "Armored Klan", during the Vajra attack inside the fleet.
Those two Meltlandi who are usually with Klan, Nene's the tall (by Zentradi standards) pink-haired girl and Raramia the redhead. Together, they are part of the all-female S.M.S. Pixie Squadron. While Nene's calm, gentle and kind, Raramia has a rather intense gaze and very Bifauxnen.
Redshirt: Raramia. She gets Killed Off for Real after a random, direct hit in battle against the Vajra. She's practically more redder than Henry Gilliam, since he had a voice actor, and Raramia never uttered a single line.
A 1st Lieutenant in the S.M.S. and the pilot of Skull Squadron's VB-6 König Monster variable bomber, Canaria also serves as the S.M.S.'s military medic. Although she rarely speaks, Canaria offers advice with great weight, often. She's the only character who's married and has a young son named Eddie.
The highly skilled helmsman of the Macross Quarter, Bobby appears stern, but he states he's "just like a girl inside". Prior to serving the S.M.S., he was a hair stylist and make-up artist, and was known in its circle as a legend. Bobby's well-liked by the female crew members for his good understanding of others, due to his very open homosexuality and not-so subtle feelings for good friend Ozma, though he claims to be "way beyond the point in life where [he] needs [his] love to be reciprocated". Bobby tends to constantly criticize the N.U.N.S.'s actions on a regular basis, and while very feminine, calm and soft-spoken during times of peace, he will delve into a serious, daring and aggressive attitude during combat. Like Ozma, Bobby's also considered a fan of Basara Nekki, as he refers to him as "Basara-sama".
The three female bridge operators of the Macross Quarter, Monica's in charge of the Quarter's main search radar and chief operator, while Mina's responsible for internal warship status management and Ram's responsibilities include communications and main weapons control.
Captain of the Macross Quarter and de facto field commander of the S.M.S., Jeffrey ranks as a colonel and was originally a pilot in a UN Forces aircraft carrier early during his career. A seasoned veteran, he has a horizontal scar across his face as proof of his previous combat experience. Though a very polite officer, he can become highly mischievous when the situation requires it. Captain Wilder ultimately makes the decision for the Macross Quarter to abandon the Frontier fleet to continue Ozma and Catherine's investigation on Leon's involvement with Grace. When the crew finds what they're looking for, the Quarter heads to the Vajra homeworld to reinforce the Frontier fleet.
The fourth elected president of the New United Nations Government and also the administrative director of the Macross Frontier fleet, President Glass's administration was responsible for the creation of the Frontier colonial fleet. As president, he shoulders all political decisions to ensure the security and well-being of his citizens. He is also Cathy's father. Glass is assassinated by Leon's coup d'etat splinter group in order to take control of the government, having been deemed too reluctant in taking an offensive against the Vajra.
Badass Moustache: Unfortunately, points are taken off because he's considered...
Dumb Is Good: Too naive regarding the Vajra and the threat they're considered.
A N.U.N.S. General Staff 2nd Lieutenant attached to the S.M.S. Macross Quarter, Catherine's also President Howard Glass's daughter. Both beautiful and intelligent, Catherine was a former Miss Macross winner, and later went on to serve on the judging panel in the 2059 contest Ranka participates in. After having graduated from university with honors, she joined N.U.N.S and is fast-tracked into the elite. Though a very competent officer, she sometimes lacks flexibility. She has a relationship with Leon Mishima without her father's knowledge and was formerly in a relationship with Ozma before that, until they broke it off under mutual circumstances. When the Frontier fleet settles on the Vajra home planet, she's seen to have made up with Ozma, while the overlook the new homeworld.
President's aide and Chief of Staff, Leon's a very calm and composed man, and Glass's closest associate and confidante. He's a constant source of all political trends throughout the Frontier fleet, and is in a secret relationship with Catherine. Leon's working in secret with Grace O'Connor throughout the series: he helps lure the Vajra to the Frontier in order to harvest the various fold quartz crystals amongst their dead bodies, while attempting to discover their homeworld. When Ozma and Catherine confront him on his planned coup d'état, Leon escapes and has President Glass assassinated, granting him the fifth presidency of the Frontier government and total control of the N.U.N.S. military forces in the Frontier fleet. He also orders Grace's death, deeming her usefulness having no longer any merit, but she escapes the Frontier. Regardless, Leon has the fleet head for the Vajra homeworld, now bent on wiping out the alien species to claim the planet as theirs. Unfortunately for Leon, the exiled crew of the Macross Quarter returns to the fleet and accuses Leon of masterminding the coup and assasination of President Glass. N.U.N.S. officials hastily place Leon under arrest.
An alien species first encountered around 2040 by the 117th Large-Scale Research Fleet. Initially, they were non-hostile toward humanity, but this seems to have changed in more recent years, as they begin mounting attacks on the Frontier Fleet. They serve as the primary antagonists for the series.
Adaptive Ability: Initially, their outer skin was tough enough to stand up to shells and missiles pretty easily. This makes the humans break out the Reaction weapons against them, and then they start encasing themselves in a reactive exoskeleton that can weather such assaults. This forces the humans to start using DME weaponry...
Bizarre Alien Biology: Their physiology completely baffles the human scientists who study them: they have natural Fold Engines in their bodies, and a completely decentralized nervous system (ie, no brains). Then there's the fact that they all have psychic bacteria in their guts, which maintains their Hive Mind.
Hive Mind: A true hive mind at that: there is no central controller, no individuality. The entire species is one mind and one will.
Hive Queen: Subverted. Vajra Queens act as communication nodes and have a greater amount of brain matter in them than other Vajra, but they are not individuals nor do they control the others. Grace uses the primary Queen at their homeworld as an entry point to their Fold Network, making herself a de facto Hive Queen.
Organic Technology: All of their ships appear to be organic in nature, though it isn't clear whether the ships themselves are another form of Vajra or just constructs grown by them. They also integrate some organic technology into their own bodies, including Fold Engines, explosive growths that function like missiles, and what appears to be a back-mounted railgun on larger Vajra.
Poor Communication Kills: The entire reason there's a conflict with them at all. They attempted to implant their communication bacteria into humans to talk to them, but said bacteria caused the lethal V-Type Infection. When a human was successfully linked with their network (Ranka), they mistook her for one of their own being held captive by humans and launched attacks to "rescue" her. Once they realized their mistake, they had no way of apologizing to the humans for the misunderstanding.
Precursors: They are old enough to remember the Protoculture, who had some limited contact with them way back when. Some of the Protoculture's most advanced technology is believed to have been copied from the Vajra's own natural systems.
Reactionless Drive: it isn't entirely clear how they propel themselves through vacuum. They make movements as though "swimming", and their tails glow brightly when they do, but the actual method isn't gone into. It also works in atmosphere, coupled with using insect-like wings on their backs for maneuvers.
Starfish Aliens: The closest analogue would probably be eusocial insects, but the Vajra have several major differences even from them.
Subspace Ansible: How they maintain their Hive Mind. It's a naturally-occurring one made up of the bacteria in their digestive tract.
Grace is Sheryl's manager from the Macross Galaxy Fleet and appears as a person with a gentle, calm attitude. She often upsets her employer, despite having considerable abilities. The main antagonist of Macross Frontier, Grace was a scientist aboard the 117th Long Distance Research Fleet, working alongside Dr. Mao and Ranshe, until the fleet's destruction by the Vajra. Although it's suspected she's the instigator of the attack (which really was due to Ranka's singing), Grace survives the assault and continues research on the "V-Type" infection with the Macross Galaxy fleet, using Sheryl as a test subject and manufacturing her Idol Singer status, swearing vengeance against the Vajra.With her co-conspirators from the Macross Galaxy, Grace's true goal is to control the Vajra's galactic scale "body" to dominate the galaxy, through fold quartz crystals implanted into every human and Zentradi. Those who do not wish to be part of their Assimilation Plot will be destroyed by the Vajra, since nothing in the N.U.N.S. and S.M.S.'s arsenal would be unable to withstand the Vajra's superior interdimensional abilities on a galactic scale. To that end, Grace acts as the conspiracy's leader and allows her mind to be uploaded digitally, giving her one cybernetic body after another (should the current one be destroyed) and conspires with Leon to achieve their means (Leon believes he's doing it to destroy the Vajra and take their homeworld for themselves; Grace wants dominion over the entire Milke Way).When Ranka's discovered to harbor abilities to that of a Vajra queen, Grace discards Sheryl and uses Ranka as their tool to gain the obedience of the Vajra. When Leon Mishima orders her assassination, she escapes from the Frontier fleet and rendezvous with the Macross Galaxy, discovering the whereabouts of the Vajra homeworld from a disobedient Brera and runaway Ranka. Linking her cybernetic body with the Vajra network, she and her co-conspirators compromise the Vajra fold communication network by manipulating Ranka and sending the Vajra against the entire galaxy, subjecting all who oppose to destruction. In the end, however, Grace did not account for the strength of Ranka and Sheryl's song, releasing the Vajra from her control and is destroyed by the combined Vajra, S.M.S. and N.U.N.S. forces. Alto delivers the coup de grace (no pun intended) with Mikhail's VF-25G sniper rifle.And with this amount of spoiler text, you can probably guess something is up.
The mysterious pilot of the crimson VF-27 Lucifer that Alto encounters for the first time inside a Vajra battleship, Brera seems to know how to play the first part of Ranka's song "Aimo" using a harmonica carried around his neck, claiming the song is but a fragment of his past. After saving Ranka from a wild beast attack, the injuries Brera sustained reveals he is also a cyborg. He's assigned to become Ranka's bodyguard by the Frontier government after he reveals he is a major of the Macross Galaxy's Antares Squadron, who was supposedly missing-in-action alongside the Macross Galaxy. Brera harbors a great deal of concern for Ranka's well-being, but doesn't exactly know why, but describes the feeling he gets from her songs as being enveloped in a universe that accepts him instead of rejecting him. Brera is, in fact, Ranka's biological older brother Brera Mei, the son of Ranshe Mei. How he survived the destruction of the 117th Long Distance Research Fleet is unknown, but his body is rebuilt into a cyborg's by the Macross Galaxy years later. When Ranka decides to leave the Frontier fleet in search of the Vajra's homeworld, Brera accompanies her and locates their planet, but this unwillingly helps Grace O'Connor and her co-conspirators. Since he's a cyborg, Grace forces him to become her slave and is commanded to prevent the Frontier fleet and Macross Quarter from stopping her. During the Final Battle, Brera helps the Brainwashed and Crazy Vajra destroy Alto's VF-171EX Nightmare Plus, but the explosion of nearby Vajra battleship shatters Brera's slave circuit implant, freeing him from Grace's control. He proceeds to encourage Ranka to fight off Grace's influence and rally the Vajra to destroy the Macross Galaxy.
Mr. Fanservice - The front of the skintight body suit he usually wears is cut out and constantly showing off most of his chest, starting from the bottom of the neck all the way to a good distance below his navel.
Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "Be scattered to the ends of the galaxy", a nod to the line Ranka says before she starts singing.
Your Days Are Numbered: Ranka was immune to V-Type infections because her mother had it while she was pregnant with her. We know she wasn't herself immune because her older brother did not have this immunity (nor apparently an infection), and it's quite telling when in a flashback we see her coughing suddenly, just like Sheryl.
Voiced by: Akio Suyama
Appears only in the Macross FB7 crossover movie. Is actually the Protodeviln Gavil who has somehow gone to the Frontier fleet. He's dropping old VHS tapes containing recorded footage from the Protodeviln War, leaving them in the hands of Ozma and the rest of the SMS crew. At first, Ozma thinks that this may be a warning of an impending Protodeviln invasion, but it turns out that Gavil simply wants the truth behind the war and the fate of the 7th Fleet to be known.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Somewhat, while viewers familiar with Macross 7 will be able to tell who he is immediately, those who missed that show might not.
Verbal Tic: Always mentions the word "beauty" whenever he speaks. In fact, this is our first clue to his identity.
Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can transform into a giant bird and spends most of the movie in this form. Him transforming back into his usual form is treated as The Reveal.