- Voiced by: Yuuma Uchida
Male protagonist of Macross Delta. Hayate has been wandering throughout most of his life, trying out many jobs in many places, never finding anything that felt right. He's on his last day of his current job as a dock worker and Workroid pilot when he meets Freyja Wion who had stowed away inside a container of apples.
- Ace Pilot: Not at the start of the series but he becomes one when he usually synchronizes with Freyja, allowing him to become this trope.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: In the final episode he gives one to Freyja.
- Blue Is Heroic: Blue is always used to identify him in the show and promotional materials. He has blue hair, a blue uniform, his plane has a blue paint job, and he is always colored blue whenever he has an Out-of-Clothes Experience.
- The Berserker: In episode 18: Due to the Protoculture ruins affecting Frejya's singing, he becomes this when he synchronizes with Freyja.
- Bishōnen: Not as much as Alto Saotome, but he is one of the most attractive males in the franchise.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Is shown to be a competent mecha pilot with how he nimbly controls his Destroid Work, even as he happily skips out on duties and work to goof off.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Alto was passive, withdrawn and easy to exasperate; Hayate on the other hand, is more outspoken, relaxed and fun-loving. The only similarities between them is that they're both blue-haired guys with a passion for flying.
- Oblivious to Love: The fact that both Freyja and Mirage are attracted to him seems to fly entirely over his head.
- Lamepshaded by Makina and Reina in Episode 16 when they're spying on him shopping with Mirage.
- Dance Battler: When he jumps into a beaten up Valkyrie to protect Freyja, he proceeds to dance his way through the battlefield in perfect beat with Walküre's song. And not just any dance but break dance.
- Deadpan Snarker: Seems to be the first main character of the type for the franchise.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Has tried many jobs and went to many places, but hasn't found anything that felt "right".
- Empowered Badass Normal: Like all the Walküres, Hayate possesses fold receptors and can remotely "feel" his opponents, especially Windermerans, who all have them. This greatly helps him in a fight, even allowing him to defeat Keith.
- Falling into the Cockpit: Jumps into an abandoned VF-171 to try to protect Freyja. Justified in that his previous job involved piloting mecha and he was already quite good at it. Ends when he tries to take it into the sky which promptly gets him shot down. It takes about a months worth of training to get him able to actually fly, let alone dogfight.
- The Gadfly: Does this both to Freyja and Mirage, but while the former largely forgets his barbs on the spot or retorts immediately, Mirage buys them hook, line and sinker.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Which is why he doesn't bother (specifically, he doesn't sync well with the Siegfried's automated systems).
- The Hero: The protagonist and the main point of the love triangle.
- Heroic BSoD: Gets a short moment of it in episode 6 after he gets what he believes is his first confirmed kill. Which is a proud tradition of all relevant Macross protagonists starting from Hikaru Ichijou himself.
- The Immune: His fold receptors make him immune to Var Syndrome.
- It Amused Me: Seems to be the main motivation for his gadfly behavior, as he's been bored with his life in general.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He might rile up others for his own amusement, which is quite an asshole behavior, but he doesn't get abusive and actually means well. By the end of the show, he has shed most of his negative qualities and become a straight-up Nice Guy.
- Meaningful Name: shares his last name with Max Immelmann, a famous German pilot in World War I credited with the invention of the aerial maneuver of the same name.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: After his own unit is destroyed in episode 13, he starts using Messer's to continue the fight.
- He gets a new unit for the final battle, with a paladin icon in place of the previous Grim Reaper.
- Military Brat: The son of a military pilot father and an army medic mother.
- No OSHA Compliance: Subverted Hayate doesn't like wearing his helmet while flying, which is why his mechanics have fitted his eX-Gear with an auto-deploying helmet in case he has to eject into an unbreathable environment.
- Oblivious to Love: Hayate is entirely ignorant of how Mirage and Freyja see him and is baffled by their frequently inexplicable (to him) behavior.
- Plot Allergy: Is allergic to cats, and is now stationed in a planet with mercats and later has to go undercover on a planet filled with Cat people twice.
- Power Incontinence: Episodes 16 and 17 suggest that his synchronization with Freyja isn't completely beneficial for him. It goes full circle from Episode 18 and beyond when the Protoculture ruins affects the synchronization, causing him to go out of control.
- Sins of Our Fathers: It's revealed that Wright Immelman, his father was the one that dropped the bomb on Windermere with the added injury that he betrayed NUNs and destroyed their base. Hayate seems as surprised as anyone about this.
- Synchronization: Hayate can sync up with Freyja's singing, improving his piloting skills and reaction speed to the point where he can curb stomp Bogue, a skilled Aerial Knight; in this state, he's even able to shoot down Keith, who's a true ace.
- Technical Pacifist: Hayate has stated he loathes the army and does his best to not kill anyone, even the Aerial Knights.
- This is however averted when he battles Keith in episode 13; Hayate shoots into the latter's cockpit near the end of their battle, putting the White Knight into a coma in the following episode.
- Technician vs. Performer: Is the performer, with his technician opposite being Mirage.
- True Companions: How he tries to classify his relationship with Freyja before the ending of episode 16, "not just a friend, but not a lover either." He isn't certain of his feelings. Mirage noted that this may lead up to a Love Epiphany.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: He throws up after a few training exercises with Mirage.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Big surprise there.
- Voiced by: Minori Suzuki
Plucky Girl who ran away from home, stowing away on a freighter to pursue her dreams of joining Walküre. She ends up almost getting caught by the dock police before Hayate saves her. Later on, during a Var outbreak, she ends up displaying her mysterious power as a Windermerian during a performance by Walküre.
- All-Loving Heroine: She decides to keep singing to stop the war so she can make everyone happy.
- Annoying Laugh: Freyja has a giggling cackle that Hayate finds creepy.
- Arranged Marriage: Trying to escape one is one of the reasons she stowed away on freighter.
- Badass Pacifist: Her resolve to sing in episode 13 was able to turn the tides of the battle.
- Christmas Cake: According to the manga, most Windermerans are married by her age of 14 (although it's uncertain if Windermere years are the same as Earth years). The anime later reveals that Windermerans typically have a lifespan of only 30 years.
- By the end of the series, it's strongly implied her singing career may mean she only lives into her early 20's.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: In Episode 9 she was very uncomfortable about the rumor that Mirage and Hayate were dating.
- Country Mouse: Complete with a hard-to-place dialect that sounds like a mix of a few from Western Japan, also resulting in an odd laugh.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: This is heavily played up during her first live concert, which endears the audience to her.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Heavily implied, as Freyja has constant flashbacks to a burning house.
- Defector from Decadence: Accidentally. She joins the Walküre to follow her dreams as a singer mere weeks before Windermere declares war on the NUNS government.
- The Determinator: Don't ever underestimate her will to pursue her dream.
- Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs: Her Rune, the heart shaped extension on her hair. Played with, since it's actually part of her hair and not an accessory. Also gains a bow on a tuft of hair on the top of her head in some of her outfits, especially her Walküre outfit.
- Expressive Hair: Part of being Windermeran. The heart shaped bit on her hair (called a Rune) extends and glows when she uses her power.
- Facial Dialogue: Her expressions whenever Hayate teases her say as much as her vocal reactions.
- First Girl Wins: In the final episode, Hayate declares that he loves her.
- Harsher in Hindsight: Notably, while she does 'win', it's unlikely she'll live long enough to see any children she has grow up.
- Genki Girl: Always upbeat and positive.
- Heart Symbol: It's part of her expressive hair.
- Hiding the Handicap: Takes to hiding one of her hands after it develops a single flake of the skin infection which is associated with old age in Windermerans.
- Human Aliens: She's Windermeran, another race of aliens similar to humans that were influenced by the Protoculture.
- Idiot Hair: She has one in addition to her Rune.
- Interrupted Declaration of Love: It's implied in episode 17 that she was about to tell Hayate that she loved him when she was interrupted by an elderly Ragan couple.
- Love Epiphany: Episode 17 suggests that Hayate's birthday gift causes this for her.
- Meaningful Name: Freyja gets her name from the Norse Goddess of Love, Magic, and War. Depending on the interpretation, the goddess is occasionally depicted as a Valkyrie as well, tying into Freyja's role as a member of Walküre.
- Multicolored Hair: Has pink hair with blonde tips and roots.
- Plucky Girl: She has a sunny disposition towards Hayate and is determined to reach her dream.
- The Pollyanna: Even when confronted with a Var-affected attacker she takes it in stride.
- Secret Test of Character: In the Episode 2 the Walküre rig the ropeway car as an impromptu theater to play a little simulation of the Var syndrome episode to test Freyja's reaction. She starts singing even cowering under the (simulated) attack, passing the test with flying colors.
- Tareme Eyes: Highlighting her dojikko and Plucky Girl tendencies. Also stands in contrast with Mirage who has Tsurime Eyes.
- Theme Naming: Freia from The Ring of the Nibelung, the ditzy goddess of love, youth, beauty, and apples.
- Token Heroic Orc: The only Windermerian currently on the good guys' side.
- Trademark Favorite Food: APPLES. She has an Affectionate Nickname for, of all things, apple juice, Apju, and knows them so well that she can recognize the origin of the generic Galactic Apple brand as being a shell company for Windermere to import their apples, due to being part of a binary compound to create the infection vector of Var Syndrome.
- We Are as Mayflies: Windermeran's have very short lifespans in exchange for their extreme physical abilities. This knowledge motivates Freyja to do as much as she can while she's able to.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Freyja is warned that due to Windermere's isolationist policies, by joining Walküre she will essentially be banished from her own home planet. She decides to join anyways. Later, Windermere declares war on the NUNS, further distancing Freyja from her home.
Mirage Farina Jenius
- Voiced by: Asami Seto
Part-Zentraedi pilot from Delta Platoon. Attempts to arrest Hayate when she mistakes his rescue of Freyja as an attempt at sexual harassment.
- Ace Pilot: Subverted. Despite her Heroic Lineage, her own flying is decent, and that's basically it. Messer ascribes it to her Control Freak nature, which makes her piloting painfully by-the-book and thus extremely predictable.
- Control Freak: Her more orderly lifestyle is used for comedy, especially compared to Hayate and Freyja.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She looks rather uncomfortable when she sees how close Freyja and Hayate in episode 10.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Played with, it's Hayate who has a change of heart when he wins their duel and apologizes to her, and enthusiastically promising to show up to her lessons in the future.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Initially shown to have a very mild case of this trope, minus the sergeant part.
- Ice Queen: So far been a cold and confrontational martinet.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Starts to thaw once Hayate apologizes to her after their duel.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: To say that Mirage is irritable would be an understatement. Moreover, she's quick to see (or imagine) the worst in any situation, and Hayate is fast to exploit that to amuse himself.
- Half-Human Hybrid: A human-Zentraedi cross. Her name indicates that she's from the Jenius family - the first family of human-zentraedi hybrids which started with the marriage of Maximilan Jenius to Miriya Farina in the original series. Specifically, her mother is Miranda Jenius, their 6th daughter, making Mirage Max and Miriya's granddaughter, as well as Mylene's niece.
- Heroic Lineage: She is the granddaughter of Maximilan Jenius and Miriya Farina, two famous ace pilots from the original series. Mirage seems to be struggling under the weight of her grandparents' legendary piloting skills, especially when compared to her own.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Accepts Hayate and Freyjas relationship, albeit with a teary eye.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At first, she was blunt and dismissive towards Hayate, but upon getting to know him, Mirage becomes more patient and aware of her own limitations. By the end of episode 16, she silently sheds a tear upon watching how close Hayate and Freyja have become.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Has a pet Mer-Cat, a creature which looks like a cross between a cat and a fish.
- Love Hurts: Mirage has the unfortunate luck to see Hayate and Freyja grow closer and closer as her feelings for Hayate grow stronger.
- Out of Focus: And how. Despite being the third point of the love triangle, Mirage gets minimal characterization, at least compared to Hayate and Freyja.
- Pointy Ears: Due to her Zentradi heritage.
- Poor, Predictable Rock: This is Messer's main criticism of Mirage's flying, as she has the necessary skills to be an ace pilot, but sticks to the book so rigidly that it makes her moves painfully predictable.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Her pet mercat, who lives in the girl's dorms.
- Running Gag: Whenever she screws up, she, either stoically or begrudgingly, apologizes and says whoever saw her they can report her activities to her superiors.
- Technician vs. Performer: The technician to Hayate's performer. Messer describes her flying as by the book to a fault.
- Theme Naming: Like most of her family, her name starts with an "M".
- Tsundere: Type A, at least in the beginning. Her relationship with Hayate begins on the wrong foot, not helped by the fact that he initially didn't take his training seriously, but as the series continues, they become comfortable with each other's company. In episode 16, Mirage is visibly sad at seeing Hayate play with Freyja in the snow, implying she has fallen in love with him.
- Tsurime Eyes: In contrast to Freyja's Tareme Eyes, highlighting her prideful, Tsundere nature.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Continually lives under the shadow of her famous grandparents, so she feels pressured to live up to their legacy.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A, of the short shorts variation.
Walküre in General
Superdimension Venus Walküre are an idol group who perform on the battlefield, as their singing is the only thing that can cure Var Syndrome.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Some of their performance outfits display this.
- Five-Man Band:
- Miss Fanservice: Being idols, this comes with the territory. Though some of their outfits are rather revealing even for idols.
- Idol Singer
- Magic Idol Singer: Their singing allows those controlled by Var Syndrome to break free of it.
- The Immune: Are all immune to Var Syndrome thanks to their fold receptors.
- In-Series Nickname: "The Super Dimensional Venus".
- Jet Pack: Jet Skirt to be more precise. The girls use the same Gas Jet Cluster that Sheryl used in the first Frontier movie to be able to jump around to and from high places, and even airplanes during their performances.
- Meaningful Name: Walküre is German for Valkyrie. Just like the latter, the group is composed of ladies who ride into battle. On a more meta level, the word "Valkyrie" is also heavily associated with Macross thanks to it being the name of the main variable fighter in the original series.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Aside from those members who wear this as part of their civilian clothes or uniforms, some of Walküre's holographic performance outfits will occasionally give them this as well.
- Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (speaking); JUNNA (singing)
One of the members of Walküre and possibly its biggest star. Among the group she's the one most likely to go into action, actively confronting those under the influence of the Var, even if they're Zentraedi inside giant mecha. Has a mysterious past.
- Action Girl: More so that the rest of Walküre. In the first episode, she's shown directly confronting the Var controlled Zentraedi, even jumping onto their mecha.
- Artificial Human: The UN created her using the Star Singers genetic remains found in Windemere, for the purpose of recreating a Protoculture member in the modern age. Chronologically, she is 3 years old even though she looks like a teenager.
- Damsel in Distress: Roid captures her and uses her to power up the Sigur Valens in the finale. Chaos must save her to beat Roid once and for all.
- Expy: Her willingness to jump into battle, despite being a singer have earned more more than a few comparisons with a certain Galactic Fairy in the fandom.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Does this on Freyja in Episode 22.
- Identity Amnesia: Episode 17 reveals that she doesn't remember anything from her past. It is later revealed that she was a clone of the Star Singer
- Multicolored Hair: Purple with some blue-gray highlights.
- Mysterious Waif: In-Universe she's seen as mysterious and it shows. No one really knows anything about her with Kaname even stating they don't know where she lives. Furthermore, when questioned how she knows that the Song of the Wind would put a huge burden on the singer, she merely claims "I know best of all people". She has mysterious dreams which foreshadows her role as the Star Singer, which was the precursor to Windermere's Wind Singers.
- Quest for Identity: Averted, as she claims that she doesn't really care about her past and prefers to focus on the present.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Stern Teacher: One for Freyja. She's threatened to fire her more than once for messing up and has called her useless multiple times. But she generally wants Freyja to succeed and is happy when she does.
- Younger Than They Look: Is only three years old, as she's an Artificial Human.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Tends to wear type B in her civilian clothes.
- Voiced by: Kiyono Yasuno
The actual leader of Walküre. A former singer who originally just joined as Walküre's manager, but she ended up joining because of her high level of fold receptors.
- All There in the Manual: Her past as a failed solo idol and then Walküre's manager was first revealed in side material, but she talks more about it from episode 9 onward.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her non-holographic uniform that she wears for day to day operations.
- Cool Big Sis/Team Mom: Described as such in her character bio. Helped by being the official leader of the team.
- Everyone Can See It: Her incredibly obvious mutual attraction with Arad is a prime source of gossip for Elysion crew.
- Fiery Redhead: Inverted. Despite having red hair, she is level headed and calm.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Kaname openly admits she doesn't have the talent to be the star of Walküre.
- Old Shame: Hilarious example. Her debut as an idol is one for her, according to the Specials. When Mirage accidentally stumbles on a video of it, Kaname took measures to get rid of the video in its entirety so no one else would stumble upon it. Unfortunately for her, it seems that Messer's been watching it since long ago...
- Protectorate: Is this for Messer.
- Twice Shy: With Arad. While it's still on the UST level with Messer, here it is so obvious that Everyone Can See It.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Messer.
- Voiced by: Nozomi Nishida
Walküre's mechanic, Makina is never seen away from her best friend Reina's side.
- Bare Your Midriff: Similar to Kaname where it's part of her uniform, but not her costume as part of Walküre.
- Gainaxing: Happens since she's got the biggest bust of any of the Walküre girls.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Reina.
- Otaku: Is a mecha otaku (and therefore One of Us).
- Miss Fanservice: If Episode 17 is any indication, she's this even in comparison with the rest of Walküre.
- The Nicknamer: Tends to give cute repetitive nicknames to the cast, such as ReiRei for Reina, KumoKumo for Mikumo, and even MakiMaki for herself.
- The Prankster: Has shades of this when she shoves a snowball down Mikumo's back while eating.
- Taking the Bullet: She takes the bullet from a Windermerian sniper aiming for Freyja in Episode 24.
- Those Two Girls: With Reina
- Wrench Wench: Her bio indicates she is a mechanic. She is literally using a wrench to repair a Valkyrie in the opening credits.
- Voiced by: Nao Touyama
Walküre's computer specialist, Reina is inseparable from her best friend Makina.
- Boyish Short Hair
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Makina.
- Playful Hacker: Trying to hack into Chaos was what got her scouted by Walküre in the first place. She also hacks enemy communications during the infiltration on Voldor.
- Pointy Ears: Has these due to her Zolan ancestry.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: Or at least the closest the series has to one seeing as has short hair, is stoic, rarely smiles, etc, and as an added bonus, her name has Rei in it.
- The Stoic: If she's not singing or eating jellyfish, she has a flat tone and frozen face.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Raw Jellyfish; she refuses to eat them any other way and gets a Luminescent Blush when eating them.
- Those Two Girls: With Makina.
- Uneven Hybrid: According to Uta Macross, she's part-Zolan.
- Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa
Flight leader of Delta Squadron.
- Big Brother Mentor: Towards Messer, usually trying to get him to open up and hang out with the rest of the crew.
- Everyone Can See It: With Kaname.
- Nice Guy: Is very polite and gets along with just about everyone.
- Skunk Stripe: Has some gray creeping in on the sides of his hairline.
- Twice Shy: With Kaname. The Bridge Bunnies in the Episode 4 gossip behind their backs that they should just start dating already and stop messing with everyone's heads, their own first and foremost.
- Voiced by: Kouki Uchiyama
Delta Squadron's no-nonsense ace.
- Ace Pilot: His description specifically notes him to be the Delta Squadron's ace.
- Catapult Nightmare: Happens several times to Messer in Episode 9.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: Seems totally ignorant of the extremely obvious crush one of Chuck's sisters (and not only her) is having on him.
- Cynical Mentor: Verging on a full-fledged Neidermeyer except that he can back his attitude.
- Death by Irony: After giving Hayate a reality check on the fact that gallant duels don't happen on the battlefield, Messer is killed when Keith uses one of his drones as cover during a dogfight to approach to a distance where he can shoot Messer's heart right through his plane's cockpit.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: In the movie, he survives long enough to die in Kaname's arms.
- Dying Moment of Awesome/Heroic Sacrifice: He joins a battle he wasn't supposed to fight in and saves Walkure and Delta Squadron before he's killed in a duel with Keith.
- Good Is Not Soft: A bunch of your ally Spacy pilots get infected with Var and start attacking you? Shoot them down without mercy.
- Interestingly, Messer himself actually tries to spare them whenever he can; his advice otherwise to Mirage and Hayate is because they still lack the skills and experience to do what he does.
- Heroic RRoD: In the movie version, he overexerts himself during the battle on Al-Shahal, which kills him.
- Heroic Willpower: Despite having been long infected by Var Syndrome, he's been able to fight it off with the help of Walküre's (in particular, Kaname's) songs.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: His rudeness was revealed posthumously as his means of keeping himself distant from his fellow wingmates so that they would be less likely to hesitate to shoot him down had he fully succumbed to Var syndrome.
- I Owe You My Life: Joined Delta Squadron in large part to protect Kaname, in thanks for her song being the reason why he didn't completely fall to Var Syndrome like the rest of Alfheim.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He's hinted to have feelings for Kaname but does not act on them due to her close friendship with Arad and the fact that he has Var syndrome.
- Jerkass: Not particularly sociable and can come off as extremely rude when dealing with others.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Despite how abrasive his comments may be, everything he says is to make sure that the Delta pilots learn from their mistakes and don't die in battle.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His rudeness actually stems from just a severe lack of social skills, rather than true meanness.
- Killed Off for Real: Is killed when Keith shoots his Draken's nose cannon through Messer's cockpit.
- Meaningful Name: "Messer" means "Knife" in German, and he's easily the edgiest of the characters, being on par with Bogue.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: His other duties also involve training Mirage and Hayate to get them ready for combat. He dies in episode 10.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: When Chaos finds out that he is suffering from Vars Syndrome, they ship him off to Aramis System which has had no Vars outbreaks yet. But he joins back for one more fight that turns out to be his last.
- Red Baron: The "Grim Reaper".
- The Rival: Keith, who eventually kills him.
- Sacrificial Lion: He's killed two fifths of the way into the series.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Kaname.
- Worthy Opponent: Enjoys his battles with Keith.
- Voiced by: Shinji Kawada
A Ragnan pilot for Delta Squadron, who runs the Ragnyannyan café in his spare time with his siblings.
- Acro Fatic: Chuck is notably rotund, but very agile and physically active.
- Apparently Human Merfolk: He's a Ragnan, as evidenced by his Pointy Ears, the fins on his elbows, and gills on the sides of his neck.
- Break the Cutie: Being forced to leave Ragna had a noticeable effect on his mood in episode 14. Luckily, discovering that most of his siblings survived was enough to largely return him to his happy-go-lucky self.
- Calling Your Attacks: SUBMARINE ATTACK!
- Casanova Wannabe: He spends a lot of time trying to date his attractive co-workers. It never works but he never stops trying.
- Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka
The Zentradi captain of the Macross Elysion, the ship to which Delta Squadron is attached to and thus their immediate superior.
- Combat Pragmatist: When describing his student King Gramia, he notes that a mercenary cannot afford to be all Honor Before Reason like him.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Hasn't been in a fight so far, but gives all indications of that. And he hosts a Judo class aboard the Elysion.
- Hot Blooded Sideburns: Rather well-suited to his boisterous personality.
- Human Aliens: Of the green, "DYRL-style" Zentradi type.
- Large and in Charge: Did we mention that he's 8 feet tall, or that he's the captain of the Elysion?
- Large Ham: In addition to being huge, he's also loud and boisterous.
- Calling Your Attacks: Does a variation in episode 26
- Stern Teacher: When he was training the Windermeran forces back before the war.
- Worthy Opponent: He sees Gramia as one.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Subverted, his hair is rather nondescript black, but he himself is green, being a full-blood Zentrady.
Beth Muscat, Mizuki Yuri, Nina O'Brien
- Beth is voiced by: Miyuu SawaiMizuki is voiced by: Wakana KingyoNina is voiced by: Miyu Tsuji
Three girls who work as bridge operators aboard the Macross Elysion (and as receptionists for Walküre when not in combat).
- Bridge Bunnies: It wouldn't be Macross without them.
- Cat Smile: Mizuki permanently has one of these on her face.
- Hair Decorations: Mizuki has what seems to be an octopus in her hair, alongside a more traditional ribbon.
- Meganekko: Beth.
- Pointy Ears: Nina, again implying some degree of non-human ancestry.
- Shipper on Deck: Mizuki seems to ship Hayate and Mirage, though mostly because she's looking at it as a Tsundere romance and not because she really wants to see them together.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: The mercat that Nina always seems to have with her.
- Those Three Girls
Guy Gilgood and Harry Takasugi
- Guy is voiced by: Yoshihito SasakiHarry is voiced by: Ryohei Kimura
Two members of the maintenance crew for Delta Squadron's variable fighters.
Heinz Nerich Windermere (Heinz II)
- Voiced by: Yuka Terasaki (speaking); Melody Chubak (singing)
Keith's younger brother and heir to the Windermerean throne. Heinz's songs are the cause of Var Syndrome.
- Ambiguous Gender: During the first half of the show there was much confusion about his gender among the fans, until it was eventually confirmed that yes, Heinz is a boy.
- Ambiguously Evil: Although he reluctantly supports the Windemerean attacks on other planets, he is only doing it because he thinks its the best way to protect his people from foreign aggression. Also, he considers the possibility to make peace but he also wants the UN government destroyed. When Freyja begs him to stop the war, he ignores her. In the finale, he teams up with Chaos out of pragmatism, not because he wants to bury the hatchet. Calling him "evil" is a bit strong, but he is definitely an antagonist.
- Anti-Villain: Just a young boy who clearly wants to do what's right for his people and family, even if he's rather out of his depth.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: A semi-villainous example; he becomes crowned as king after his father's death, and at his coronation, uses his song to activate a bunch of Protoculture ruins and help Keith take out a NUNS fleet.
- Big Brother Worship: Very much admires Keith.
- Cast from Lifespan: Windermeran's have very short lifespans in exchange for their extreme physical abilities, and it's heavily implied that Heinz's singing is killing him.
- Cool Crown: A big Hoop Crown for his Requisite Royal Regalia that actually dwarfs him.
- The Ditherer: A fence-sitter example. As king of Windemere, Heinz cannot afford second thoughts but doesnt entirely agree with the idea of galactic domination. Unfortunately, because he is more useful as a Wind Singer than as an authority figure, he has to defer to Roid for the actual ruling of Windemere. In the later episodes, he makes his choice and boy, is it a wrong one.
- Fatal Flaw: Indecisiveness. Heinz is unsure whether the Windemereans should embark on a galactic conquest in the name of protection, and even if he goes along with it anyway, he still hopes for a peaceful solution in the end. It bites him in the ass in the finale when Roid moves forward with his Assimilation Plot, with Heinz none the wiser.
- Pimped-Out Cape: It's so big that it also absolutely dwarfs Heinz.
- Puppet King: After his father died, he became King of Windermere. However, Roid has full authority while Heinz continues his role to sing and is kept in the dark regarding Roids activities.
- Slowly Slipping Into Evil: In the last three episodes, Heinz supports the Windemerean war campaign, but he still hopes for a peaceful end to the conflict. When it becomes clear the free people of the galaxy will not kneel to the Windemereans, Heinz authorizes the use of the Star Singer.
- Unwitting Pawn: Sadly, hes completely oblivious that his singing triggered the Var Syndrome which was used to brainwash local populaces. He gullibly believed that hes doing it for the sake of his fathers will and his kingdom unaware that Roid is using him for their own plans.
Gramia Nerich Windermere (Gramia VI)
- Voiced by: Masaki Terasoma
Ruler of the Kingdom of the Wind and father to Heinz and Keith.
- Ace Pilot: He was a famous ace seven years ago during the Windermere's war of indepenence.
- Alas, Poor Villain: He dies in Roid's arms in The Stinger of Episode 13.
- Covered with Scars: Has even more of those frostbite-like scars than Helman.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: In The Stinger for Episode 13, he dies in Roid's arms after being fatally wounded.
- Disc-One Final Boss: He dies halfway though the series.
- Honor Before Reason: Capt. Johnson says that he was all about honor and chivalry back in his prime, when he was training the Windermere space forces before the war.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Acting as one for the Windermere Kingdom against the NUNS forces.
- Legacy Character: Was the former "White Knight of Darwent" back when he was still able to fly as the kingdom's top ace.
- Killed Off for Real: He is killed in episode 13 because Macross Elysion fired upon the cockpit of the Sigur Valens.
- In Episode 21 it was revealed that he was backstabbed by Roid after the explosion.
- We Are as Mayflies: Dying of old age at just 35 which actually roughly equals to a centenarian for the Windermerans.
- Worthy Opponent: He seems to regard his old teacher, Ernest Johnson, as one.
- Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa
Chancellor of the Kingdom of the Wind.
- And Then What?: A villain-to-villain one when he asks Keith why they're so reckless with Heinz when they have a lot to do after the war.
- Badass Bookworm : One of the more scholarly Windermereans in the series, and a capable fighter who once served in the Aerial Knights.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Technically subordinate to Gramia and Heinz, but is clearly the brain behind the operation.
- Evil Chancellor: He's even got the rank to go with it.
- Expy: He's closely similar to Grace O'Connor of Macross Frontier despite the difference between their motives.
- Goes full circle in the final episode as he intends use the Song of Stars to establish a Fold Network to unite people's minds throughout the galaxy, with Windemereans as the core of the Hive Mind.
- The Fashionista: He apparently has a separate pair of glasses for each outfit he wears.
- Immortality Seeker: Part of the reasons for his Assimilation Plot is to free the Windemerean species from their short lifespan.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Courtesy of Keith.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: In the first half of the series, he often pulls the Aerial Knights away from prolonged engagements, usually to avoid straining Heinz too much.
- Pet the Dog: He seems to be the only one who is actually concerned about Heinz's health, while Heinz's family were willing to carry out their vengeance at Heinz's expense. Goes into Bait the Dog territory when it's revealed that his own plans are also taking a toll on Heinz's health.
- Retired Badass: He fought in the Windermere's war of independence but gave up being a pilot to be a scholar.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Has them in the stinger of episode 15.
- Smug Snake: He's very arrogant when he kept insisting that the Windermereans are "the true heirs of the Protoculture".
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Roid" or "Lloyd"?
- Stoic Spectacles : Almost always seen with one.
- Not to mention that he has a showcase filled with dozens of glasses in his room.
- Villainous Breakdown: As Delta Squadron and the Aerial Knights combine forces to foil his plans, Roid loses his dignity and begins ranting.
- Villainous Rescue: He parried Keith's deathblow to Freyja in Episode 8, as he wanted the Walkure members to be captured alive.
- Visionary Villain: After Windermere conquers the Brisingr Cluster, Roid reveals what he claims to be Gramia's will; the complete destruction of NUNS, effectively declaring war on the rest of the galaxy.
Aerial Knights in General
Windermere's most elite Variable Fighter unit, serving under the Windermerean royal family.
- Bishōnen: The majority of the Knights are young pretty boys with the exception of Herman and Qasim.
- Black Knight: They play this during their first few appearances, where all the distinctive markings on the SV-262s are colored black to prevent them from being traced back to Windermere.
- Knight in Shining Armor: 7 years ago, their 'wings' were 'white'. The former White Knight who was killed by the dimensional weapon explosion, Lord Adria, was actually a hero and a member of SMS forces who had assisted Macross Frontier in their battle against Macross Galaxy.
- Child Soldier: Relatively speaking of course, as while the younger knights would be considered teenagers by Earth standard, they're actually middle aged by Windermerian ones.
- Played straight during the final stages of independence war, where a young Keith and Roid were pressed into service after the majority of the Windermerian fighting force were decimated by the NUNS.
- My Country, Right or Wrong
Keith Aero Windermere
- Voiced by: Ryohei Kimura
Leader of the Aerial Knights and older brother of Heinz.
- Abdicate the Throne: He stepped down from line of succession after Heinz was born.
- Ace Pilot: Of the Aerial Knights, and in time, proves himself to be the best pilot in the show. Only two people were able to give him pause: Messer, who he kills in episode 10 and Hayate, who only shot him down when he was synchronized with Freyja.
- Aloof Big Brother: He very rarely interacts with his little brother and when he does, he's noticeably cold. At Heinz's coronation, Keith tells him that they shouldn't think of each other as brothers anymore.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other:
- In episode 13 when it looks like the Sigur Valens was destroyed, he called out Heinz's name.
- In episode 22, he threatens to kill Roid if Heinz dies.
- Blood Knight: Exhibits shades of this. The only time we see him smile is when he fights with Messer, and he always expresses disappointment when Roid calls the Knights away from the battlefield.
- Death Seeker: Potentially.
- Disabled Badass: Loses an eye after Hayate shoots him down. It doesn't seem to bother him one bit.
- Red Baron: Current holder of the title of "The White Knight of Darwent".
- Heroic Sacrifice: Or Anti-Villanous Sacrifice, if you will. In the finale, he kills Roid as the Sigur Valens collapses around them.
- Heroic Bastard: From the Windermeran POV: he's indeed technically a bastard, being a son of Gramia's concubine, and thus ineligible for the throne, but he's the greatest hero of his nation.
- Kill Them All: He has personally told Roid if need be, he'll personally kill all of humanity.
- Non-Protagonist Resolver: Kills Roid while Hayate is busy saving Mikumo from the Sigur Valens. Justified because Hayate abhors killing and Keith has a more personal reason to go after Roid.
- Revenge Before Reason: He really hates humanity for their actions in Windermere's war of independence and is willing to do anything to kill them.
- Subverted. Honor Before Reason and other trauma. He doesn't want revenge. He wants to avoid what happened 7 years old to repeat itself.
- Survivor Guilt: The novel explores his POV in a chapter. When he was 12, Keith was part of the White Knight Squad that came to intercept Wright. He was the only survivor because he received orders to fly higher in case that VF received backup. He wasn't just nearly killed when he crashed, but witnessing the dimensional weapons bombing completely scarred him.
- Synchronization: By episode 15, his piloting is able to become even better if Heinz is singing.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid
- World's Best Warrior: As the current holder of the White Knight title, he's the most skilled soldier on Windermere. Later proves to be the best in the series when he kills Messer, the best pilot on the good guy's side.
- Worthy Opponent: Enjoys his fights with Messer, to the point where he specifically seeks him out every time the Aerial Knights and Delta Squadron meet. His runes even glow in response to fighting him. In Episode 10, he attacks Hayate thinking he could be a challenge when Messer was away, but when Messer finally enters the battle, Keith drops everything to fight him, despite having Hayate at his mercy.
- After Messer has fallen, it becomes clear that Keith really did hold him in high esteem, even pointing a dagger at Bogue's throat when the latter insults Messer. Taken further when he is visibly annoyed when Hayate uses Messer's unit. Still, in Episode 15 he notes that the fight itself was exceedingly interesting, implying that Hayate might become a worthy replacement.
- Voiced by: KENN
The youngest member of the Aerial Knights.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: The movie version significantly tones down his violent attitude.
- Ax-Crazy: He's easily the most unhinged of the Aerial Knights.
- Berserk Button: Walküre's songs is this for him, and he'll target the Walküre every time they sing.
- While his reaction varies in earlier episodes, in Episode 8 and 9 he turns into an absolutely ballistic Leeroy Jenkins over their songs.
- Blood Knight: He was not at all bothered by Roid's declaration that they'll destroy NUNS.
- Cynicism Catalyst: The loss of most of his family in the war seems to have been one for him, causing him to go from a sweet child to an angry, revenge driven young man.
- Fantastic Racism: Out of all the Windermerians shown so far, he seems to be the one that hates humans and human culture (or human-zentraedi culture, since both are just about inseparable at this point) the most.
- Fiery Redhead: By far the most hot-tempered of the Knights.
- Humble Pie: Gets a modest helping of it in the finale, when Roid threatens to assimiliate all life in the galaxy, including the Windemereans, forcing Bogue to work with Walküre to save his homeworld.
- Karma Houdini: The cruelest and vilest of the Aerial Knights, and doesnt suffer any punishment for it other than the Humble Pie moment above.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: He tries attacking Walküre whilst Frejya and Mikumo are rendered unconscious.
- Large Ham: Most hammy and expressive of the team, to the point of forgetting to control his Runesnote , for which he was chewed out by Herman.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Has five sisters though only two survived the independence war.
- Moral Myopia: In Episode 14 he curses humans for the death and destruction they cause, which is pretty hypocritical coming from the guy who acts like a rabid dog on the battlefield (especially if Walküre is around and singing).
- Obviously Evil: With all the smug grins, violent attitude and unabashed racism he gives out, he might as well wear a tag that says Evil Bastard.
- Red Is Violent: Has red hair, and is clearly off the rocker to boot.
- Revenge: Most of his hatred towards humans is implied to be a result of him losing most of his family during Windermere's war of independence.
- Ship Tease: He blushed when he saw Reina in episode 17 and even blushed when he tried to kill her in episode 18.
- Token Evil Teammate: Other Aerial Knights are fighting to protect their homeland. Bogue just wants to kill as many humans as he can.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: As the Aerial Knight's prequel manga proves.
- Younger Than They Look: He's the youngest of Aerial Knights, and one of the youngest characters in the cast, at only 15, despite clearly looking older than his comrades Theo and Xao.
Theo and Xao Jussila
- Voiced by: Kei Minegishi
Identical twin pilots.
- Princely Young Man: Are heirs to one of the largest Mega Corps on Windermere, though this doesn't come into play much.
- Sibling Team: Are never seen flying apart.
- Those Two Guys: Like Bogue, they hate humans. Other than that, there's nothing much about them asides from being heirs of Windermerian company. In the BD specials, they're the main characters who sneakingly watch footage of Walkure's equipment tutorial with Bogue.
- Voiced by: Daichi Endo
The oldest member of the Aerial Knights.
- Covered with Scars: Has some whitish frostbite-like scar tissue covering parts of his face, neck and chest, which is apparently a sign of aging among the Windermerans.
- In-Series Nickname: Called "Master Herman" by his former student Bogue.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: While he is not pleased by Roid's declaration to destroy NUNS, he continues to fight for his country.
- Officer and a Gentleman: Has traditional ideals about knightly conduct, and is not particularly happy that Windermere has had to resort to spreading Vars to get an edge.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Herman or Helman?
- Team Dad: Is this to the rest of the Aerial Knights, looking out for their well-being both on and off the battlefield.
- We Are as Mayflies: He's only 33, but already an old man by Windermeran standards, with confirmed granchildren.
- Voiced by: Shinnosuke Ogami
A former apple farmer who lost his family during Windermere's war of independence.
- Alas, Poor Villain
- Call to Agriculture: Episode 18 reveals he just wants the war to end so he can go back to his family and be a farmer again.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: His rune shines while attempting to defend Windemere from Delta Squardron, turning him into an Ace Pilot at par with Keith and momentarily overwhelms Hayate. However, doing this made him aging rapidly and causes his rune to expire before managing to shoot Hayate down
- Happily Married: And they already have a six-year-old son.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He crashes his plane into the snow instead of letting his plane to crash at the apple orchards, sacrificing himself in the process.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: Initially. But after King Gramias death, he began to question whether what his kingdom is doing the right thing or not.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Episode 18 is a good example where he takes a break from being a knight and is respectful to Hayate and Freyja and even lets them go.
- Spell My Name with an "S": It's either Qasim or Casim.
- Token Good Teammate: He's the knight most uncomfortable with Roid's declaration of war on NUNS and just wants to be a farmer again.
- Voiced by: Takuto Yoshinaga
A rookie pilot who joins the Aerial Knights in episode 6.
- Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara
A EF executive who's been providing arms and equipment to the Windermerian military. In charge of the Brisingr branch.
- Arms Dealer: His main occupation.
- As You Know: His exposition in episode 19 is more of an Info Dump about the previous Macross shows to the new viewers. Then, he explicitly told Mirage that he knew about her grandparents (Max and Millia Jenius) who are leaders of Macross 7 and about her aunt Mylene who is a member of Fire Bomber which is something that Mirage already knew.
- Everyone Has Standards: Warns Chaos that Roid plans to enslave all life in the galaxy and politely asks them to stop him. Apparently, the end of free will is bad for business.
- Evil Genius: He's also the guy in charge of the people researching the Brisingr Cluster's Protoculture relics.
- Expy: Of Anaheim Electronics. Like them, he supplies weapons for both sides.
- Only in It for the Money: Continuously insists both Chaos and Windemere are just clients to him and has no personal interest in their war. He warns Chaos of Roids endgame because it endangers his business.
- Playing Both Sides: He's working with the Windermerians, but in episode 19 he informs Chaos about his theories about the Protoculture and insists that the Windermerians are just his clients. In fact, he refuses to tell Roid what occurred while he was making his delivery to Chaos, insisting that doing so would be unprofessional.
- Unreliable Expositor: His theory about the Protoculture and the songs somewhat contradicts what was established in the previous Macross shows. While he may have a point about how songs are used in the previous wars, there are some holes.
Hayate's father and a NUNS officer. It turns out that he was a secret agent sent to infiltrate Windermere and collect DNA samples of the Star Singer.
- Greater-Scope Paragon: At the very least, the Chaos division has nothing but good things to say about him, especially Hayate and Arad.
- Silent Scapegoat: He attempted to drop the dimensional bomb in a remote location in order to minimize casualties; unfortunately, the Kingdom of the Wind misinterpreted his actions and treats him as a pariah. Even when the truth comes out later in the series, they never find out.
- Small Role, Big Impact: His involvement in dropping the dimensional weapon, as well as in acquring DNA samples of the Star Singer, started the series.
The mysterious head of Chaos, the organization in charge of both the Macross Elysion and Walküre. It's not know who the person is, except that she is a female with ties to the New United Nations government.