Robotech

The BEST episodes of Robotech

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Robotech is the critically acclaimed animated series about mankind's first contact with warring alien races, and the use of alien technology to defend Earth. The series was broken into three chapters, The Macross Saga, The Robotech Masters, and The New Generation. Released in 1985, Robotech was the first anime (Japanese animation) series that many fans had seen, and is often accredited as the cause of the anime fandom that continues to grow today in the United States.

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To the Stars
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8.25
28 votes

#1 - To the Stars

Season 1 - Episode 36 - Aired 4/22/1985

Khyron plans his ultimate revenge, targeting the SDF-1, and the currently under-construction SDF-2.

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Southern Cross
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8.17
18 votes

#2 - Southern Cross

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/25/1985

The Robotech Masters bring the war to Earth, as they attempt to reclaim their lost Protoculture. The 15th Tactical Armored Corp is put to the test.

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Viva Miriya
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8.04
24 votes

#3 - Viva Miriya

Season 1 - Episode 30 - Aired 4/12/1985

A liaison is established between Breetai and the survivors of the SDF-1, to convince the remaining Zentraedi warriors, stationed at a Robotech Factory, to join in an alliance for peace.

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Force of Arms
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8.03
30 votes

#4 - Force of Arms

Season 1 - Episode 27 - Aired 4/9/1985

The Earth is surrounded by Dolza's armada of over four million vessels, sent to destroy the Earth & the SDF-1. It's a time for final reflections, and a last attempt to defeat the vastly superior forces of the Zentraedi by Earth's Robotech Defenders!

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Outsiders
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8.00
17 votes

#5 - Outsiders

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 5/7/1985

An advanced recon vessel blasts into the vicinity of Earth from hyperspace, only to find their home planet surrounded by an armada of gigantic alien warships! Unable to make contact with Earth, and remembering what happened to their planet in the past when it was invaded by the Zentraedi, the crew of this heavily armed starship make a desperate decision, to meet the alien armada with a surprise attack. The outcome of their effort is uncertain.

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Countdown
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7.96
114 votes

#6 - Countdown

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/5/1985

The aliens strike in full force, and the desperate battle for the planet Earth reaches the very streets of Macross City. Human courage and skill are tested to the limit, against the superior weapons of the Zentraedi. A heroic rescue attempt (by Rick Hunter, to save Lynn Minmei) turns into a nightmare experience.

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A Rainy Night
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7.95
20 votes

#7 - A Rainy Night

Season 1 - Episode 33 - Aired 4/17/1985

Claudia gives Lisa Hayes a lesson in perseverance, as she recalls the first time she met the charismatic fighter pilot, Roy Fokker.

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False Start
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7.95
19 votes

#8 - False Start

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/24/1985

A new threat has surfaced, for the next generation of Robotech Defenders, who have grown up in the wake of Earth's first victory over their alien invaders. Calling themselves the 'Robotech Masters', this ancient race of techno-voyagers has come to the Earth to claim the mysterious substance known as Protoculture.

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Half Moon
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7.94
16 votes

#9 - Half Moon

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/29/1985

The Robotech Masters try to establish a base on Earth, near the vicinity of the fallen SDF-1. Once here, under the direction of Zor Prime, the alien force hopes to extract the Earth's remaining supply of Protoculture. A routine patrol for Dana & Bowie turns into a nightmare.

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Boobytrap
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7.92
182 votes

#10 - Boobytrap

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/4/1985

In the year 1999, an abandoned alien battle fortress crash-lands on the planet Earth. Our most brilliant scientists and engineers spend the next ten years reconstructing the damaged ship, and studying its highly advanced technology, known as Robotech! A race of warriors from deep space, the Zentraedi, enter the scene, bent on recovering the lost ship and destroying Earth's civilization. A battle for our planet's survival is on, and young Rick Hunter finds himself caught up in the war, piloting an unfamiliar fighter plane, with sophisticated engineering he can't begin to understand!

Directors: Robert V. Barron
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The Invid Invasion
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7.88
17 votes

#11 - The Invid Invasion

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/27/1985

The Earth is invaded by a race of aliens calling themselves the Invid. They have come to the Earth to cultivate its vast supplies of Protoculture, a multipurpose energy source & foodstuff, which is of prime importance to their race. Without Protoculture, the Invid Colony could wither and die. With enough, their race could grow and become the most powerful in the universe. Their invasion & conquest of the Earth is swift and complete. A huge interstellar fleet is sent to Earth by Admiral Rick Hunter to appraise the situation and test the strengths of this new alien threat. The test ends in failure, as the Invid meets the challenge of these new Robotech Defenders with swift and conclusive action! Few of these defenders survive the Invid attack. One survivor, Scott Bernard, decides that, even if it means his own destruction, he must carry out his orders to find and destroy the Invid's main base, a complex hive known as Reflex Point. Luckily, Scott finds that he is not alone!

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The Long Wait
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7.85
86 votes

#12 - The Long Wait

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/7/1985

Rick & Minmei learn they have landed in a closed-off and forgotten section of the SDF-1. Try as they may, they can find no way out, and no one aboard the ship has any idea where they are! Time passes slowly and cruelly for the imprisoned pair, as what started out to be a fun adventure, turns into a deadly nightmare of hunger and exhaustion, driving them to the edge of hysteria.

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Showdown
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7.85
26 votes

#13 - Showdown

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired 4/4/1985

Lisa Hayes makes a rash decision to return to Earth, to try for a final time to convince the heads of the United Earth Government to negotiate with the Zentraedi armada. The journey back to Earth is not without incident, as Rick & Max cut a path through the enemy lines.

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Space Fold
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7.83
103 votes

#14 - Space Fold

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/6/1985

The Zentraedi invaders continue to close in, and the battle for planet Earth becomes even more intense. Attempting to escape the superior alien forces, Rick & Minmei become stranded in space, while trying to rejoin the others. Captain Gloval makes a desperate decision to execute a hyperspace jump, which may take his ship to safety, or which might mean the end for everyone!

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Sweet Sixteen
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7.81
67 votes

#15 - Sweet Sixteen

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 3/13/1985

As Minmei's 16th birthday approaches, Rick finds himself constantly on duty, defending the hard-pressed battle fortress from attacks by the relentless Zentraedi armada. Rick's thoughts are torn between his duty to the SDF-1, and his waning love for Minmei.

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Blitzkrieg
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7.80
79 votes

#16 - Blitzkrieg

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/11/1985

The Zentraedi are still puzzled by the actions of the SDF-1. However, Breetai, their Commander, is beginning to enjoy the challenge. Captain Gloval plans a trap for the marauding aliens, only to have it backfire among the incredible rings of Saturn. And Rick is trapped inside a Zentraedi warship!

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Transformation
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7.79
81 votes

#17 - Transformation

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/8/1985

The citizens of Macross Island attempt to normalize their life aboard the giant battle fortress. Human drama is played out against the backdrop of interplanetary war, as the Zentraedi forces follow after the SDF-1, and continue the war begun back on Earth. Captain Gloval must make a life-or-death decision, which will determine the fate of nearly 70,000 refugees!

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The Big Escape
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7.78
60 votes

#18 - The Big Escape

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 3/19/1985

Held captive in a Zentraedi prison cell, Rick, Lisa, and Ben try to figure a way off the massive alien ship, and report their findings to Captain Gloval & the crew of the SDF-1. Breetai & Dolza also begin to make plans to recapture their lost battle fortress.

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Metal Fire
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7.77
13 votes

#19 - Metal Fire

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 5/3/1985

Dana Sterling tries to keep her mind on business, while she struggles to shake off the aftereffects of a near fatal meeting with the warriors of the Robotech Masters. Her mind fills with haunting memories, which lead her to believe that she is related in some strange way to the mysterious aliens who have come to Earth to claim their lost Protoculture Matrix.

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Deja Vu
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7.77
13 votes

#20 - Deja Vu

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 5/8/1985

Lt. Nova Satori begins a complex psychological profile on a captured alien Bioroid pilot, identified only as Zor. The Supreme Command of the Army of the Southern Cross believes that the debriefing of this particular alien, might provide them with the key to unlock the riddle of this new interstellar war. Meanwhile, Dana practices on a battle simulator hoping to explain her empathy for this captured alien, and to end any doubts about her ability to defend the planet.

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Danger Zone
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7.76
17 votes

#21 - Danger Zone

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/30/1985

The war against the Robotech Masters has escalated into a serious military confrontation, with neither side willing to make even the smallest concession to avoid turning the planet Earth into a living battleground. The United Earth Defense Forces plan to take the battle into space, to protect their homeworld and challenge their alien foes. Using the main bulk of their Tactical Armored Space Corp, the Robotech Defenders plan to test the mettle of their mysterious enemies.

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Bye-Bye Mars
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7.76
71 votes

#22 - Bye-Bye Mars

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 3/12/1985

The planet Mars is the setting, as Breetai calls for reinforcements in order to capture the SDF-1. Captain Gloval drives his grew to the brink of exhaustion, as he attempts to keep the overwhelming Zentraedi forces at bay.

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Blind Game
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7.76
66 votes

#23 - Blind Game

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/15/1985

The crew of the SDF-1 maintain constant vigil against the threat of attack by the ever-present Zentraedi armada. An unauthorized assault by the evil Khyron damages the main radar tower of the space battle fortress.

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Miss Macross
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7.73
66 votes

#24 - Miss Macross

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 3/14/1985

The charming Minmei prepares herself for a different sort of battle; a battle to determine the most beautiful girl in Macross City! While the beauty contest rages, Rick Hunter is called into action by his superiors, to defend the giant space battle fortress.

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First Contact
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7.73
66 votes

#25 - First Contact

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 3/18/1985

Rick Hunter, Lisa Hayes, and Ben Dixon are captured, and brought before the Supreme Leader of the Zentraedi civilization. Helpless prisoners, they witness the awesome power and destructive capability of their alien adversaries.

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