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Messer Ihlefeld (メッサー・イーレフェルト Messā Īreferuto) is a 21-year-old ace pilot of Delta Flight in the Macross Δ television series. As the second-in-command of the team, his callsign is "Delta 2". Messer's VF-31F Siegfried unit is colored in a white, black, and gray scheme and has a Grim Reaper marking on its back. He is nicknamed "Mesa-Mesa" (メサメサ) by Makina Nakajima.

Personality & CharacterEdit

Messer is an enigma to most members of Delta Flight and Walküre. His serious demeanor constrasts with the more carefree members of his squad. His amazing piloting skill is a testament to his discipline and zeal. He never hesitates killing an ally if they were infected with Vár Syndrome. He is a true perfectionist, and chastises those that fail to perform above his standards.

Messer owes his life to Arad Mölders, who saved him while on a mission in Alfheim. Messer also shares a deep personal connection with Kaname Buccaneer, and unbeknownst to her, keeps a special music playing bracelet that contains her last song as lead vocalist of Walküre, AXIA. In his downtime, Messer enjoys spending time with Chuck Mustang's younger siblings, but doesn't realize that Chuck's older sister, Marianne Mustang has a crush on him.


Messer was originally from the city of Marienburg, on the planet Alfheim. The planet was soon ravaged by war, caused by an outbreak of Vár Syndrome. Messer, a soldier at the time, was infected by the Var infection, and murdered his allies in cold blood. Arad Mölders rescued him and rehabilitated the troubled young man. Messer was able to suppress the infection thanks to a special bracelet that played Kaname Buccaneer's song, AXIA~Daisuki de Daikirai~.

As the war with the Winderemerians progressed, Messer became more and more susceptible to Var attacks. Due to his illness, he is transferred out of Delta Flight to the Aramis System where he was to become a flight instructor.

Messer first encountered Keith Aero Windermere, an Aerial Knight that fought for the Kingdom of the Wind, during a sneak attack on Al Shahal. Their rivalry would come to a head during a tense battle over the Protoculture ruins on the planet Al Shahal. Keith managed to land a fatal shot at Messer's cockpit, killing him instantly.

Following his death, a special funeral ceremony was held on Ragna, where Walküre and Delta Flight tearfully bid farewell. Kaname Buccaneer was deeply affected by his passing, and kept his bracelet as a memento.

Macross Δ: Passionate WalküreEdit

In the movie, Messer was not given a transfer order. He was just deemed unfit to fly due to constantly succumbing and recovering from Vár Syndrome.

During his fateful duel with Keith, Messer was able to avoid the cockpit shot and their duel continued. However, his body gave out from his existing injuries being aggravated by the g-forces endured during the fast-paced flight and passed away in Kaname's arms.


Arad Mölders
Messer shares an uneasy trust with Arad. Arad knows that Messer murdered his allies while infected with Var Syndrome. Despite this, he assigned Messer to Delta Flight, due to his brilliant piloting ability. Unlike Messer, Arad doesn't take things so seriously, and is always encouraging him to loosen up.
Hayate Immelman
Messer has a distrust for Hayate's carefree attitude. Despite their differences, Hayate admires Messer's flying style.
Kaname Buccaneer
Messer shares a personal connection with Kaname, even though he knows she likes spending time with Arad. Their relationship developed as she discovered his grim past, but was cut short after Messer's untimely death.
Marianne Mustang
Marianne has a crush on Messer. She is devastated upon learning of his death.


Notes & TriviaEdit

  • In the July 2016 issue of NewType Magazine, Messer Ihlefeld was ranked the ninth best male character.[1]
  • Ihlefeld is named after German Luftwaffe ace Herbert Ihlefeld,


  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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