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YMMV: Macross Frontier
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Grace has drastically different depictions between the tv series and the films. In the series, she is shown as the main Big Bad who was willing to sacrifice anything and anybody to achieve her goals. In the film, she is depicted as a more sympathetic character who genuinely cared about Sheryl and was being mind controlled by the Macross Galaxy leadership. The latter also extends to the "Sheryl - Kiss in the Galaxy" manga.
  • Cargo Ship: some fans joke that Alto's 'One Twu Wuv' is his VF-25, which can lead to an amusing Take a Third Option regarding his Love Triangle.
  • Complete Monster: Grace in the TV series. If her plan to Take Over The Galaxy including subverting everyone's free will with mind control implants and killing everyone who resisted didn't tip you off, there's always Sheryl's backstory. The way Grace sadistically discards Sheryl after watching her grow up from age seven leaves it pretty clear that Grace crossed the Moral Event Horizon a long time ago.
  • Crazy Awesome: From Sayonara no Tsubasa, I give you Macross Quarter's Big Wednesday Formation.
  • Death of the Author: This along with the fact that the movies are Alternate Continuity have been what a lot of Ranka/Harem fans have been hanging on to since the movies came out.
  • Die for Our Ship: Ranka, in the eyes of Sheryl/Alto shippers. Sheryl, in the eyes of Ranka/Alto shippers. Both sides are equally pretty bad though.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Subverted, though Grace is really popular amongst fans, they don't make her out to be an victim.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • As a result of Memetic Mutation, Ranka is sometimes referred to as "Nyan Nyan";
    • Part of the fandom has started calling Brera "Evil Jesus" due to his resembling Kira Yamato (and having the same voice actor), whose Fan Nickname is "Jesus Yamato". The movie version of Brera is known as Undercoverpriestcop because of his outfit.
    • To differentiate between her two forms, some referred to macronized (Zentradi size) Klan Klan as Klan-sama.
    • Bobby Margot, SMS helmsman of the Macross Quarter, is often called GARby by fans when he has his Hot-Blooded moments (those moments being referred to as entering GARby mode).
    • towards the end of the series, the three bridge bunnies (Monica, Mina, and Ram) were referred to as "Bobby's Daughters".
    • Alto has several of these, there's Alto-hime (that was used in the show by Mikhail) Pilot-hime (after he finally got designated a pilot) Kabuki-hime (reference to his past as a kabuki performer) & Sakura-hime (again referencing his past in kabuki theater, but more specifically the name of the last kabuki play he performed in.).
    • Sheryl's boobs have the nickname of "Hopes and Dreams" after an infamous scene in Episode 11 which basically involves Sheryl groping her own boobs while declaring that her chest gives people "hopes and dreams".
    • Grace's boobs are known as "Despairs and Nightmares" after a somewhat less infamous scene where Grace gropes her own boobs while she monologues her evil plan, earning the nickname by Memetic Mutation from Sheryl's own scene.
  • Fetish Fuel Station Attendant: Klan Klan is a deconstruction of this.
  • HSQ: Over Nine Thousand. This is the Macross series' answer to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
  • Internet Backdraft: Do not and I repeat do not bring up Ranka's character development, or her behavior, actions or lack thereof over the course of the TV series in any Macross Forum. You will start a war. Movie Ranka is safe though.
  • He's Just Hiding. Alto Saotome's fate in the end of Sayonara no Tsubasa: Movie-verse only.
    • And in Sheryl's case it's "She's Just Sleeping", though this is slightly more justified, as she visibly stirs at the end.
  • Les Yay: Sheryl and Ranka seem at least as into each other as they are into Alto. There is a reason that Marry Them All seems viable to many fans.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Grace O'Connor. She turns the entirety of Macross Galaxy into a Hive Mind with herself as the Queen, infiltrates Macross Frontier without even bothering to use an alias or hide her cybernetic implants, killed a little girl's parents for revenge on her family, then had said little girl live on the streets as a beggar for her pure enjoyment, then infects her with the V-type virus which would slowly kill her, then turned little girl into the into a pop idol, solely to use her fame and fold-wave-producing voice for her own benefit (then dumped her the second that a superior replacement was found), manipulated Brera into kidnapping and brainwashing his own sister against his will, completely out-maneuvered co-conspirator Leon Mishima, died twice without casting suspicion on herself, and finally achieves her goal of becoming a Super Dimensional Being: The Verse's equivalent of a god. And she does the whole thing while rocking the sexy office lady/librarian look, which provides no real measurable effect, but is probably worth style points.
    • Also Leon, who working with Grace and murders the good president. He even makes fun of the Love Triangle in the movies after seeing how heartbroken Ranka was at how Sheryl and Alto seem to be getting close together, and right before ordering NUN troops to arrest Sheryl. Did I mention that Alto was injured and wheelchair bound in this scene while being restrained? You're going to taunt a guy in a wheelchair and a sad little girl?
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Nyan Nyan, Nyan Nyan, ni-hao Nyan! Gorgeous, Delicious, Deculture!
    • Ninjin loves you, Yeah!
    • How Grace got her Fan Nickname is a significant case. Grace never says the name, but she happened to grope her breasts anyway, and everyone happened to remember Sheryl's infamous scene introducing "Hopes and Dreams", and since Grace is EVIL, it was inverted: "Despairs and Nightmares"
  • Mis-blamed: A strange combination of types 3,4, and 5 in regards to Kawamori. Fans blame Kawamori for not resolving the love triangle in the last episode because of favoritism and marketing, however this belief was due to a bunch of faked interviews mentioned in the main pages description. Due to a slight but significant mistranslation of Yoshino's fanbook interview, fans then started blaming Yoshino. However, what Yoshino actually revealed in his fanbook interview was that "everyone" came to the same idea around the same time: that it didn't have to end with Alto choosing someone. But some of the fans still blame Kawamori or Yoshino for what happened.
  • Moe Moe: Ranka is this to some degree. Klan also appears at first to be a moeblob otaku fetish object of a character, but she ends up being a deconstruction of the type.
    • Ranka is also a bit of a deconstruction with the Moe points she has, though not to the extent of Klan. Namely, despite her cuteness, it does not stop her from making decisions that are less than impressive to some viewers.
  • Narm: In episode 19, Ranka is running upstairs to the launch deck, elated because she thinks Alto loves her, when she suddenly barges in on Alto comforting Sheryl (who had collapsed due to her illness, but Ranka doesn't know about that). On the one hand, it's sad to see poor, brokenhearted Ranka stand there, saying, "It can't be..." with a frozen smile on her face. On the other, it becomes hilarious when one remembers that this is Alto Saotome, and that his predecessor was often caught in the exact same situations, with the exact same results. Ranka should have screamed "I HATE YOU, ALTO!" and punch him into the distance.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Almost every shot of Grace in the last 2 episodes.
    • Right in the first episode, a Vajra mecha grabs Henry and crushes him in its bare hands like a bug despite firing his assault rifle at its face. We don't see the body fortunately, but we do see a lot of blood coming from between its fingers.
  • One True Pairing: Mikhail and Klan.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Averted by the three PSP games (Ace, Ultimate and Triangle Frontier). Ace is a decent 3rd person mecha shooter (also featuring missions from all other Macross incarnations), Ultimate significantly improves on Ace in depth and scope, and Triangle adds the visual novel-like Academy Mode, where players create a pilot whose story intersects with the main Frontier tale.
  • Ship Sinking: The writers finally made an effort to shut up the Alto/Ranka and Alto/Sheryl shippers in the movies by having Alto ultimately pick Sheryl over Ranka.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Alto/Ranka vs Alto/Sheryl. So vicious that the only acceptable outcome is the complete elimination of the other. Well... sort of.
    • It's even worse when both sides start using Slut Shaming against the other. Sheryl/Alto fans say that Ranka is a barely legal skank and jail bait who uses her cute looks to attract Alto so he won't choose a "Stronger, Perfect And Better Developed Real Woman" like Sheryl, while Ranka/Alto fans retort that Sheryl's Stripperiffic outfits and large breasts make her a slut who would rape Alto if hse could unlike sweet and poor and flatchested Ranka.
  • Theiss Titillation Theory: Sheryl's stage wear. Though, unlike other examples, Sheryl's physics-defying wardrobe has an excuse — it's entirely digital. She's really wearing a full-body hologram suit.
  • Ugly Cute: Ai-kun in his second form.
  • Villain Decay: The Ghost V-9 drones, the mass-production model of the deadly Ghost X-9 of Macross Plus, which could singlehandedly dogfight two Ace Pilots in Super Prototypes to a standstill,) are reduced to being mere Elite Mooks in the final battle of Frontier. To be fair, it has been almost 20 years since the events of Macross Plus, with requisite advantages in technology. Besides, you still never see one get taken out by a human pilot - the only thing that is shown actually standing up to Galaxy's V-9s are Luca's own AIF-7S's once released to full AI control. Also, as soon as all of the non-hero pilots see them, they instantly crap their pants and are shown getting blown up rather quickly.
  • The Woobie: Ranka and Sheryl, especially after Episode 18.

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