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Ray Lovelock (レイ・ラブロック Rei Raburokku?) is a former U.N. Spacy variable fighter pilot turned head and keytarist of the rock band Fire Bomber. He is a mentor to Basara Nekki and pilots a VF-17T Nightmare Custom as a member of Sound Force.

Personality & CharacterEdit

Basara, you've been singing with all your heart until now. But it's up to the listeners to make what they will of it. You might not be happy with it, but it's still a fact. Maybe it's worthwhile to think a little about why you've been singing.

—Ray Lovelock[1]

Ray was once a VF-11 pilot under the elite variable fighter unit "Pink Pecker". His brash nature led to the death of wingman, Stephan, prompting him to retire early. Stephan's death deeply affected Ray, as he had been the fiance to his longtime friend, Akiko Houjoh.

In the intervening years, Ray became a pacifist and founded the band Fire Bomber, and became a father-figure and mentor to his band mates, Basara Nekki and Mylene Flare Jenius. Many consider Ray as a practical, dependable and level-headed leader. There are times however, where he finds himself in situations where he has to make excuses for Basara's inexplicable actions. He doesn't mind though, as he has some implicit understanding of Basara's true nature. When times are tough, Ray finds himself relying on Veffidas Feaze to help sort out problems.

Though he maintains ties with his former army colleagues, Ray has no intention of returning to the military.[2] The shock over Stephan's loss was so great that he now refuses to handle weapons like guns even for self-defense.[3] Despite his pacifist nature, he still encourages Basara to use missiles in dire emergencies, saying it was analogous to having an umbrella in case it rains during a picnic trip.[4]

Skills & AbilitiesEdit

Ray was a formidable pilot, having been a member of an elite fighter squadron. His knowledge and skills of piloting hadn't dulled despite his new role as keytarist, and he regularly trained others, such as the the biker gang leader Rex.

HistoryEdit

Ray was a pilot back before the Macross 7 was launched. Together, Ray, Kinryu and Stephan were part of the Pink Pecker team. In particular, Ray and Stephan were really good friends, and always hung out together. Then one day, during a Zentradi attack, Ray and Stephan were caught behind enemy lines. Not sure whether to attack or retreat, Ray decided to attack. Stephan tried to stop him, but Ray wouldn't listen to him... and Stephan was killed.

—Akiko Houjoh

Ray was once a member of the elite "Pink Pecker" variable fighter squad, serving under the command of Kinryu. His friend, Stephan was killed after Ray charged the enemy against his friend's advice. Ray befriended and consoled Stephan's fiance, Akiko Houjoh, but his overwhelming guilt prompted him to abandon his piloting career. He fell into depression and took several odd jobs, such as construction, until he found Basara Nekki. Ray took the nomadic teen under his wing, and the two shared a bond similar to that of a father and son. Basara gave Ray a reason to live, and their burning desire to change people's hearts made them create Fire Bomber. Akiko herself would later manage the band, after a falling out with producer Honey Suzuki.

Ray also maintained close ties with the military, allowing him access to the latest variable fighter technology, such as the VF-19 Excalibur Custom. Thanks to the help of Captain Maximilian Jenius and Dr. Gadget M. Chiba, they establish the tactical music unit Sound Force where he pilots a VF-17T Nightmare Custom. Ultimately, Ray's steadfast belief in Basara and the band helped defeat the Protodeviln threat.

RelationshipsEdit

Akiko Houjoh
Ray has known Akiko for years and they had a little history together. The two started talking again on a regular basis after Akiko's company started promoting the band.
Basara Nekki
He has an understanding with Basara and his desire to sing. He serves as his father figure and mentor when Basara becomes difficult to work with.
Mylene Flare Jenius
As the latest band member, he cares for her to succeed as he sees talent in her. He is protective of her well being and hopes she would get along with Basara.

GalleryEdit

Notes & TriviaEdit

  • A Macross 7 Plus short entitled "Ray & Akiko & Stephan &…" shows the three in their younger days, vacationing at a log cabin in the countryside. Stephan took a nap inside the cabin while the two lounge outside. As they watch the sunset, Akiko reveals to Ray that Stephan proposed to her, but wanted to hear what Ray has to say about it. Ray insists that Stephan would be a good match for her as opposed to a hothead like himself. In the end, Akiko went with Stephan because he was honest with his feelings, unlike Ray.
  • In Macross 7: Encore's second episode "On Stage", Ray's dramatized story in the show "Coffee Break" was slightly accurate, only he did not become a wandering street performer with Basara, nor did he try to have Basara adopted to a stable family.

ReferencesEdit

Macross 7 characters
Macross 7 Crew Maximilian Jenius | Milia Fallyna Jenius | Exsedol Folmo | Kim Saintlaurent | Miho Miho | Sally Saint Ford | Gadget M. Chiba
Fire Bomber Basara Nekki | Mylene Flare Jenius | Ray Lovelock | Veffidas Feaze
Diamond Force Gamlin Kizaki | Physica S. Fulcrum | Kinryu | Docker
Jamming Birds Barton| Bobby Lacoste | Randy | Ripple Chitose
Protodeviln Lord Geperuniti | Gigile | Sivil | Glavil | Gavil | Valgo | Goram | Vomd
Zolan Graham Hoilie | Maria Velázquez Hoilie | Elma Hoilie | Liza Hoilie | Lawrence | Sazapie | Kaliba | Loschier | Patrol Captain
Others Flower Girl | Michael Johnson | Alice Holiday | Akiko Houjoh | Honey Suzuki | Janet Johnson | Emilia Jenius | Rex | Gubaba | Capy
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
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 | 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
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
Others Macross 30th Anniversary Project | Macross: The Museum | Macross The Musicalture | Macross: The Museum ver.2.Δ | Macross Blue Moon Show Case in Tokyo SkyTree | Macross: The Art 1982-2018 | Macross Bakuon Film Festival | All Macross Big Voting | Macross Crossover Live 2019