Mikhail "Michael/Michel" Blanc
- Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya
Alto's high school classmate and friendly rival, Mikhail's one of his closest friends who knew of Alto's reputation as a kabuki actor. Outside of school, he's an excellent marksman and the designated sniper of Skull Squadron with callsign "Skull-2" with the rank of Second Lieutenant, piloting a blue VF-25G Messiah (gunner/sniper variant). Mikhail's motto is to always acquire his targets, be it an enemy or a woman, which maintains his reputation as a considerable ladies' man. He initially expresses doubt over Alto joining the S.M.S., stating he's using it as an excuse to further retreat from his family. In normal attire, he wears corrective glasses, but dishes them once in combat. Notably, Mikhail's ears are pointed, although whether this is a simple genetic quirk or the result of some degree of Zentradi lineage is never explained.
Mikhail's parents died when he was a child, leaving him with his older sister Jessica, who served in the military, and Zentran childhood friend Klan Klang. Unfortunately, Jessica commits suicide after an investigation and court-martial, whereupon she's accused of shooting her superior officer (and her lover) during combat. Ultimately, he joins the S.M.S. to investigate whether his sister's suicide was justified.
- Big Damn Heroes: Episode 12 and 13
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Klan.
- Commitment Issues: He doesn't want to begin a serious relationship with anyone because it's possible he could die in battle the very next day.
- Death By Genre Savvy: You just had to poke the fourth wall one too many times, didn't you, Mikhail?
- Friendly Sniper: With loads of Deadpan Snarker.
- Handsome Lech: Generally seen chasing girls in his down-time, never getting serious with any of them before moving on to a new one.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Apparently part-Zentraedi and/or Zolan, depending on what source you're looking at.
- Heroic Resolve: Saves Klan before and after being Impaled with Extreme Prejudice.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Go with God in all the dark places you may walk, Michael Blanc. Klan will not forget your sacrifice.
- The Nicknamer: Is the one who came up with "Alto-hime".
- Shipper on Deck: Is an Alto x Sheryl shipper.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the movies, though the first one does give the audience a scare.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Klan.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Klan.
- Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama
Alto and Michael's junior classmate, Luca's often frustrated his seniors give him a hard time, even though they're studying in the same classes. He's a genius with computers and military electronics, as well as serving in the S.M.S. Skull Squadron as "Skull-3". Luca pilots a green RVF-25 Messiah (reconnaissance version), but he's customized it to have three AIF-7S (QF-4000) Ghosts (hich he calls Shimon, Johanne and Petero, or simply Simon, John and Peter) that respond to his verbal commands and support him. His penchant for naming objects with Biblical names extends to his EX-Gear, which he dubs "Samson". He's also the heir to the L.A.I. corporation, a manufacturing company for the military, with near unlimited access to exotic, prototype technologies. Throughout Macross Frontier, it's strongly hinted he has a crush on his classmate Nanase Matsuura.
- All There in the Manual: Has an older sister, but you won't know that unless you read up on it through supplementary materials for the movies. Especially when you see a picture of a young Luca with his sister and Mishima.
- Attack Drones: Unlike the rest of Skull Squadron, Luca relegates to information gathering and heavily relies on his three Ghost drones to do the fighting. This is fully displayed in the Final Battle, where he unleashes the program limiters in his Messiah, granting the drones independence from his commands.
- Covert Pervert: His first thought at Sheryl proclaiming Alto's her slave for the day when she comes to Mihoshi Academy? BDSM.
- Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Gives an innocent kiss to an unconscious Nanase at the hosptial before heading out to the Final Battle.
- Sempai/Kohai: Kohai to Alto and Mikhail.
- Teen Genius: His tech achievements are the main reason why Frontier manages to last until the finale.
- Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima
Another classmate of Alto, Michael and Luca, Nanase Matsuura is also Ranka Lee's best friend. A shy, quiet and voluptuous girl with glasses, she also works in the same "Nyan-Nyan" restaurant as Ranka and supports her dream of becoming a singer. Nanase's a skilled artist and was hired by Grace to become Ranka's costume designer.
- Curtains Match the Window: Has purple hair and purple eyes
- Gainaxing: Given her size, it would be a little strange if this wasn't happening to her.
- Hypocritical Humor: Unintentional; she tries to encourage Ranka that "breast size isn't everything" when Ranka competes in the Miss Macross contest...despite the fact she's one of the most stacked characters in the show, proportionally. The camera angle adds to the effect.
- Meganekko: Cute glasses at that.
- Nice Girl: Nothing but supportive to others.
- Oblivious to Love: Or at least doesn't notice Luca's crush on her.
- Shipper on Deck: Ships Ranka with Alto.