A Father to His Men - He is shown to care deeply about the people under his command. The civilians are so grateful for his compassion for their safety that it alone has prevented them from causing riots and protest.
Bruno J. Global, Destroyer of Cities: Global is responsible for the destruction of the original Macross City and Ontario, Canada both times through ordering the crew to do something with the Macross in proximity to the Earths Surface that spelled catastrophe.
The Captain - Technically he is either (depending on the ambiguous Japanese term) a Brigadier General or a Rear Admiral.
Deadpan Snarker: When the unproperly secured gravity generators ripped through the bulkheads and flew away on their own instead of lifting the Macross, he and Misa managed to joke that's what happens when you buys used starships.
Dirty Old Man - The bridge crew gets a few good snarks in as Global seems to be enjoying himself a little too much while judging the Miss Macross contest.
She wears Jheri Curls, for god's sake! Of course she's black!
On the other hand, the cast is pretty diverse, so it's hard to call her token minority. For the record, both Hikaru and Misa are Japanese, while Minmay and Kaifun are Chinese. It's just that Japanese artists traditionally do not distinguish between Asian and Caucasian features, so it's somewhat difficult to notice.
If anything she's an aversion - Japan has never had any social pressure for artificial racial diversity, and her being black has no real impact on the plot. If we had some race tropes equivalent of Straight Gay, that would probably apply.
Actual Pacifist - Subverted: In the episode Boobytrap, Hikaru calls Roy a murderer after Roy boasts of his kill tally, but a few moments later it's implied that this is him venting his anger over Roy breaking his promise to return to the air circus. Hikaru soon joins the UN Spacy with what appears to be few moral qualms, mostly to impress Lynn Minmay.
Always Someone Better: What Hikaru learns to accept when Maximillian Jenius comes under his command and proves a far better pilot than himself, and obviously a Wing Man anyone would beg to have.
Otaku - While not one herself, her use of the over-polite honorific version of "you" in the series (said to be an in-joke from the production staff that took on a life of its own) is thought now to be the origin of the term.
Self Made Girl: In the TV series, she starts as a waitress in her aunt and uncle's restaurant, then becomes the most famous singer in the universe.
Ace Pilot - He's the best pilot in the show. This is acknowledged in games that have pilot stats; Max typically has high stats and occasionally special bonuses on top of it. In Macross Ace/Ultimate Frontier, Max (both younger and older version of him) has the highest (initial) stats out of any pilot in any Macross era except his "Vitality" stat.
Super Robot Wars Alpha Gaiden uses a different way to put this trope. Overall, Max stats is worse than Fokker, however he and Millia are the only Macross pilots that posess the Awakening seishin, signifying their ace pilot status.
Deadpan Snarker: When the unproperly secured gravity generators ripped through the bulkheads and flew away on their own instead of lifting the Macross, she and Global managed to joke that's what happens when you buys used starships. She continued snarking for the entire series, even if not often...
First Girl Wins - In an unexpected way. Misa Hayase is the first woman Hikaru Ichijo sees while piloting the SDF-Fighter in the beginning of the series, before he crashes near the Chinese restaurant where he first meets Lynn Minmey.
Never a Self-Made Woman: Even though she's the second-in-command on the bridge to Captain Global, Misa reveals to Hikaru that she comes from a military family that goes back generations, and her father demanded she followed in his footsteps. And if that wasn't enough, the back story about her military childhood friend and crush encouraged her even more to join the military. She become temporarily depressed, to suicide levels, after she discovered he died on Mars.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer - Actually a toned-down Truth in Television version of this trope, particularly in the movie, where he actually shows up to rescue Hikaru and Minmay blind drunk and still proceeds to kick Zentraedi backside. In the TV show, Claudia mentions how once Roy shot down five enemy fighters with a raging hangover.
Dub-Induced Plot Hole - In the Robotech dub, listeners might reasonably assume that he was Hikaru's actual older brother, due to the fact that they translated sempai (a term that has no direct English equivalent) as "big brother".
Bad Ass: In the smackdown mentioned below, He destroyed a Valkyrie with his bare hands. Better yet, he also survived having said Transforming MechaBlow-up in his face.
Britai Can Breathe In Space - after being sucked out of his flagship into hard vacuum, Britai seems able to walk on the ship's exterior with no problems and re-enters the ship in time to lay a smackdown to Hikaru and the rest of the pilots.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He may be called Ally Killer, he may be the Brute, his very first appearance on the show reveals he had bet on how many ships of Breetai's fleet he'd ram by folding out too near, but he's a very competent commander and a very good pilot.
Crazy Awesome: In the movie She uses a Zentradi for a shield, shoves the barrel of her weapon into one's face then pulls the trigger, rips one in half, stomps on the head of another and is able to give Max a run for his money.