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Hayate Immelman (ハヤテ・インメルマン Hayate Inmeruman?) is the protagonist of the Macross Δ television series. He joined Delta Flight, where he developed his signature maneuver, the "Immelman Dance". He also possesses "fold receptors" that not only make him immune to the Vár Syndrome, but also enhance his combat abilities when stimulated, which usually happens when his receptors synchronize with Freyja Wion's when she sings.

Hayate's Siegfried unit is colored in a white, blue, and gray scheme and his callsign is "Delta 5"; later in the series, he is reassigned as "Delta 4" and would later be issued a new VF-31J with a blue knight marking on its back. He is nicknamed "Haya-Haya" (ハヤハヤ) by Makina Nakajima.

Hayate wears a special fold quartz pendant from his father, Wright Immelman.

Personality & Character

Hayate is a brash and carefree individual that spent most of his life wandering the galaxy. He has trouble adhering to authority or anything that would hinder his freedom. Prior to the events of the series, he led an aimless life doing a number of odd jobs. Despite his disdain for the military, he joins Delta Flight and develops a passion for flying. His relationship with Freyja Wion and Mirage Farina Jenius also help him realize a newly found purpose in life.

Hayate has severe cat allergy - especially towards Mercats , a breed of cat-like sea lions indigenous to the planet Ragna. Hayate also develops a dance named after him by Mikumo called the "Immelman Dance". (Delta: "A Stormy Dogfight")

Skills & Abilities

Hayate has an amazing sense of rhythm which allows him to develop his unique piloting skills. He is quick to adopts unusual tactics against his enemies, such as the "Mercat Turn", which he "learned" while chasing Don, a particularly mischievous seacat on Ragna.


In 2067, Hayate wandered around the galaxy, before settling as a dock worker in Shahal City on the planet Al Shahal. He befriends a Windermerian stowaway named Freyja Wion, who told him she was attending an audition for Walküre on Ragna. The pair then meet Delta Platoon pilot, Mirage Farina Jenius after a brief misunderstanding.

After the Var Syndrome outbreak on Al Shahal, Hayate accompanies Freyja to the planet Ragna for her audition. Whilst there, he is scouted and hired by Arad Mölders to join the Delta Flight. Mirage Farina Jenius is then assigned to be Hayate's flight instructor, much to her dismay. The two share a testy relationship, especially since Hayate refuses to listen to her orders during a number of training exercises. Hayate also builds a rivalry with ace pilot Messer Ihlefeld, as the latter doesn't think much of his piloting ability. Messer's untimely death drives Hayate to better himself.

Hayate is revealed to have fold receptors in his body during an infiltration mission on Planet Voldor, but the implications of that aren't made clear for some time. Meanwhile, Hayate grows more and more infatuated with Freyja, which comes to a head on her 15th birthday, when Freyja allows Hayate to touch her rune. Mirage could only watch in the distance, uncertain of her feelings towards him.

Revelations regarding Hayate's father role in a war crime committed on Windermere are revealed by the enigmatic Berger Stone. It's also revealed that Freyja's singing causes Hayate to be susceptible to Vár Syndrome attacks. These issues drive a wedge between Freyja and Hayate, but they manage to forgive each other. They share a moment prior to the final battle, as they looked through old mementos of Hayate's father.

During the final battle on Ragna, a Protoculture superweapon controlled by Roid Brehm, causes the entire population of the galaxy to fall into a state of limbo. Hayate, hoping to break free from Roid's control, is encouraged by Mirage to confess his love to Freyja. He does so, which snaps Freyja out of her stupor. The three then help one another to take down Roid's superweapon, with the help of Keith Aero Windermere, who sacrifices himself. Freyja, however, prematurely ages due to the strain on her rune. After the battle, the Freyja and Hayate declare their love for one another, while Mirage watches content from the ground.


Freyja Wion
Hayate and Frejya have shared a close friendship ever since their first meeting on Al Shahal. They enjoy teasing one another over their successes and failures. They also genuinely care about each other despite not being able to fully express their true feelings.
Mirage Farina Jenius
Hayate initially didn't get along with Mirage due to her strict and inflexible nature. As the series progresses, Mirage rediscovers her passion for flying and the two develop a mutual respect for each other's abilities.
Makina Nakajima
Hayate is usually taken aback by Makina's forthrightness. She's always there to nudge him to step out his comfort zone.
Messer Ihlefeld
Messer despises Hayate's carefree attitude, and frequently criticizes his piloting ability.
Wright Immelman
Hayate never knew much about his father; only that he sent him cryptic notes of where he was stationed while serving as a Major N.U.N.S. 77th Air Wing. Hayate received a special fold quartz pendant from his father while he was on Windermere.
Qasim Eberhart
Despite being adversaries, the two bond during an infiltration mission on Windermere. Qasim shows Hayate his apple orchard back home, and hopes to see it again once the war was over.
Hayate despises Don, and it's not just because he's allergic to Mercats. Try as he might, Hayate can't catch the wily Mercat.


Notes & Trivia

  • In the July 2016 issue of NewType Magazine, Hayate Immelman was ranked the best male character [1].


  1. NewType Magazine July 2016
Macross Δ characters
Chaos Ernest Johnson | Beth Muscat | Mizuki Yuri | Nina O'Brien | Guy Gielgud | Harry Takasugi
Walküre Mikumo Guynemer | Kaname Buccaneer | Makina Nakajima | Reina Prowler | Freyja Wion | Claire Paddle | Lydie LeGrand
Delta Flight Mirage Farina Jenius | Arad Mölders | Messer Ihlefeld | Chuck Mustang | Hayate Immelman
Kingdom of Winderemere Heinz Nehrich Windermere | Gramia Nerich Windermere
Aerial Knights Roid Brehm | Keith Aero Windermere | Theo Jussila | Xao Jussila | Bogue Con-Vaart | Hermann Kroos | Kassim Eberhardt | Wolf Gura
New United Nations Spacy Lauri Marin | Wright Immelman | Alberto Larrazábal | Robert Kino
Others Berger Stone | Lady M | Q-Lulu | Don
TV Series Super Dimension Fortress Macross | Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II: Lovers Again | Macross 7 | Macross Frontier | Macross Δ
Events Unification Wars | Space War I | Sharon Apple Incident | Protodeviln War | Vajra War
Movies The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? | Macross Plus Movie Edition | Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II: The Movie | Macross Frontier Movie: The False Songstress | Macross Frontier Movie: The Wings of Goodbye | Macross FB7 Galaxy Flow Soul: Listen to My Song! | Macross Δ Movie: Passionate Walküre | Macross Δ Movie: Absolute Live
OVA The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flash Back 2012 | Macross Plus | Macross 7: Encore | Macross 7 the Movie: The Galaxy's Calling Me! | Macross Dynamite 7 | Macross Zero
Books Misa Hayase: White Reminiscences | My Fair Minmay | Macross Ace | Macross Dynamite 7: Mylene Beat | Shōji Kawamori Macross Design Works | Macross Chronicle | Macross 7: Trash | Macross Plus: TAC Name | Macross The Ride | Macross 7th Chord | Super Dimension Fortress Macross The First | Macross F ~Secret Visions~ | Macross Δ Manga | Macross Δ Gaiden: Macross E | Macross Δ: Kuroki Tsubasa no Shiro Kishi | Macross Δ: Ginga wo Michibiku Utahime | Variable Master File | Macross Δ: Girl of Al Shahal
Video Games Super Dimension Fortress Macross (Famicom) | Super Spacefortress Macross | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross 2036 | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Eternal Love Song | Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II (Arcade) | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Remember Me | Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Scrambled Valkyrie | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Skull Leader | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Love Stories | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Skull Leader Complete Pack | Macross Plus (Arcade) | Macross Digital Mission VF-X | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? (Game) | Macross VF-X2 | Macross 7 -Shake the Heart of the Galaxy- | Macross Plus Game Edition | Macross M3 | The Super Dimension Macross: Aiuchi Typing Valkyrie | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross | Macross Ace Frontier | Macross Triangle Frontier | Macross Ultimate Frontier | CR Fever Super Dimension Fortress Macross | My Boyfriend is a Pilot 2012 | Macross 30: The Voice that Connects the Galaxy | Macross Card Fighter | Pachislot Macross Frontier | Macross Δ Scramble | Uta Macross Sma-Pho De-Culture | P Fever Macross Δ
ONA / Short Film All That VF - Macross 25th Anniversary Air Show | Macross 7 Plus | Macross Fufonfia | Delta Mini-Theater
Concerts Macross One Night Stand | Mylene Night | Macross 25th Anniversary Live: Minmay meets Fire Bomber | Macross Crossover Live A.D. 2009x45x49 | Macross Crossover Live 30 | Fire Bomber 2014 Basara Explosion | ANIME SYMPHONY JAPAN PREMIUM CONCERT MACROSS 35th × Macross F 10th Anniversary | Macross Crossover Live 2019
Drama / Character Album The Super Dimension Fortress Macross Vol. III MISS D.J. | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross Vol. IV Distantly Fading Memories | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross Vol. V Rhapsody In Love | Macross 7 Docking Festival | Macross 7 CD Cinema 1: Mellow Heart Beat | Macross 7 CD Cinema 2: Melodious Illusion | Macross 7 CD Cinema 3: Galaxy Song Battle | Macross Generation | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross Inside Story~Macross Classic | Macross Frontier Drama CD◎Nyan Dra Dra1 | Macross Frontier Drama CD◎Nyan Dra Dra2 | Macross Frontier Drama CD◎Nyan Dra Dra3 | Macross Frontier Drama CD◎Nyan Dra Dra4
Others Macross 15th Anniversary | Macross 30th Anniversary Project | Macross: The Museum | Macross The Musicalture | Macross: The Museum ver.2.Δ | Macross Modelers | Macross Blue Moon Show Case in Tokyo SkyTree | Macross: The Art 1982-2018 | Macross Bakuon Film Festival | Macross Boys | All Macross Big Voting | Macross Won’t Stop | Shoji Kawamori Expo
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