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YMMV: Super Dimension Fortress Macross
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Did Roy grossly miscalculate the seriousness of his injuries and thus caused his own death, or did he correctly guess that he didn't have almost any time left and deliberately chose to hide his inner wounds so he could see Claudia one last time?
  • Americans Hate Tingle: Lynn Minmay, because of Character Exaggeration/Flanderization in the Robotech dub, the fact that Reba West/Rebecca Forstadt, the actress hired to play Minmay was not up to the task, and that the songs written for her were likewise poor (especially the jingoistic "We Will Win," in the climactic battle, the total polar opposite of the original "Ai wa Nagareru", a very pacifist song.)
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The final attack in the movie features the song "Do You Remember Love?".
  • Die for Our Ship: Minmay would surely get much less grief if she wasn't interested in Hikaru, thus "cockblocking" him and Misa.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Arguably, the Destroid Monster; it's the only mech outside of the variable fighters that has showed up in every (canon) series, however briefly and however importantly.
  • Fan Nickname: For the guy currently in charge of the series no less, Shoji Kawamori is known among some fans as the Hory Froating Head)
  • God-Mode Sue: Max, though it doesn't hurt his popularity any.
    • Also Canon Sue, though again, doesn't really hurt his popularity.
  • Holy Shit Quotient: Many, but the ones who stand up the most are the titular ship punching an enemy ship in the face (this even in-universe: after seeing it, Breetai and Exedore are left speechless for a moment before monotoning they need reinforcements) and Bodolza glassing Earth as soon as he's in orbit (a first in anime history, and lampshaded by Misa crying they can't do it as soon as she sees the data).
  • Memetic Mutation: Captain! No smoking on the bridge!
  • Nightmare Fuel: What, no one here who got to watch this show as a kid wasn't traumatized by the part where the whole Zentraedi fleet just pops up out of nowhere and immediately showers the Earth with their ships' cannons before the defense forces even gets to put up a fight? And that particular scene depicting a soldier's gallant but futile attempt to shield a little girl from the global destruction....
  • Refuge in Audacity: As the Robotech novels point out, Max stealing a Zentradi's uniform and dressing his Valkyrie in it really shouldn't have worked, but it was just too awesome to not happen.
  • The Scrappy:. Kaifun, because he's a major Jerk Ass and extremely obnoxious on top of it.
    • If anything, the creators acknowledge it: as per Word of God, in the timeframe of Macross 7, Kaifun is part of the Macross 11 fleet where he manages an American knockoff of Fire Bomber, all while claiming they're the originals and Basara is the ripoff. Take That, Scrappy! or what?!
  • So Okay, It's Average: Lovers Again. With the glaring exception of its soundtrack.
  • Strangled by the Red String: While the show foreshadows it before they've met, Max's feelings for Milia go from "let's go for coffee" to "be my soul mate" at the drop of a hat ( or a dagger in this case.). This is especially funny considering he declares his love right after she tries to kill him in a knife fight for defeating her, once in battle and then at the arcade.
    Hikaru: Excuse me, but didn't you just go out on a date with this girl? I mean fun's fun, but jumping straight into marriage?
  • Stop Helping Me!: Bretai tries this with Kamjin when he says that he doesn't want his help since he won't bother to when the Bodol fleet is deployed near Earth. Kamjin "objects" to this.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Not with the case of the 2003 version released for the Playstation 2.
  • Values Dissonance: In Japan, Kaifun being Minmay's cousin and love interest isn't a big deal. For Americans, it's a lot creepier.

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