These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
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.
President Glass is not a bumbling fool in the movies (in some parts), but is one willing to make senseless sacrifices such as treating all legitimate SOS signals as forgeries to compete with other colonial fleets and secure Vajra fold crystals. Although Catherine did suggest that Leon is trying to manipulate her father's thinking.
He can get a new one! He's used to it blowing up on him! It's like GIRxPiggy!
Complete Monster: Grace O'Connor, who uses a fleet of millions of people as tools to take over the galaxy. The ultimate plan is to Mind Control a race of beings (the Vajra) in order to subjugate the other race of beings (Humans and Zentradi) and give them all the ultimatum of Mind Control implants or death, in effect enslaving the entire galaxy not just physically, but mentally as well. Yet despite all this, possibly her greatest crime is what she did to one little girl. She murdered her parents, tormented her on the streets where she was homeless and alone, and finally used her in an experiment that causes extreme pain, and assuming she didn't die like the previous eight subjects, she would still die in ten years. Her name was Sheryl Nome. She was seven years old. Grace becomes something of a tragic case, as she comes to admit to herself that over the ten years she raised Sheryl, she came to care very deeply for her. She decides these feelings are probably going to get in the way of her mission and deletes them in what could be considered a very subtle but all the more damning crossing of the Moral Event Horizon.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.