Shin Kudo (工藤 シン Kudō Shin?) is the protagonist of the Macross Zero OVA. He is a Japanese-American fighter pilot flying for the United Nations Military.

Personality & CharacterEdit

Shin is generally a very taciturn person and does not trust many people easily. In combat, he takes what he thinks is the best course of action without thinking about the safety of his wingmen. He believes in maintaining focus while in the air as a lapse is oftentimes fatal.

Skills & AbilitiesEdit

Shin's proficiency at the helm of a classic fighter jet is top-class, but struggled at first during his transition to a Variable Fighter.

His impulsive actions during training consistently overworked the VF-0's engine, often getting him in trouble with Raizou Nakajima, but the veteran mechanic was actually happy that Shin was one of the few people apart from Roy Focker who can push the machine to the limit.


As a child in 1999, he witnessed the fall of the Macross and the following Unification Wars . His family is killed before his eyes, a memory that would haunt him and turn him into a quiet and mistrusting person. He joins the U.N. Spacy as an F-14 fighter pilot. During a mission he is shot down by the anti-U.N .'s transformable SV-51 and lands in Mayan Island . He later flies the VF-0 Phoenix variable fighter under the tutelage of Roy Focker . Aside from his rear-seat radar intercept officer, Edgar La Salle , he has few friends and is slow to trust. His interactions with the cheerful Mao Nome and his growing attraction to her more reserved sister, Sara Nome , help him open up.

During the final episode, the extraterrestrial object known as Bird Human by the Mayan people awakens, assimilating Sara into the cockpit located at its head. He manages to break through the Bird Human's attacks and makes Sara realise that it is Shin instead of an evil spirit (called a "Kadun" by the Mayans). The UN forces, however, see the Bird Human as a liability and launch nuclear weapons at it. Sara sacrifices herself to save Shin and the rest of the Mayan Island which would have been destroyed by the nuclear fallout. The Bird Human is critically damaged from the blasts and shoots off into space incredibly fast in what appears to be a space fold . Shin's VF-0 suffers engine damage from the blasts and plunges towards the ocean. He is seemingly saved from certain death by Sara. Finally, an amazed Mao Nome watches Shin and his damaged fighter ascending into space in the same way that the Bird Human did.


Shin's experiences were later portrayed in a movie called The Bird Human. Alto Saotome, a former kabuki actor, agreed to double for the main actor portraying Shin during an underwater scene. (F: "Legend of Zero")


Edgar LaSalle

Radar Intercept Officer and Shin's only friend. Shin treats Edgar pretty much the same as everyone else, but after getting separated with Edgar when their F-14 was taken down, Shin visibly grieved his apparent loss. Edgar survived of course, and reprised his role when Shin started piloting the VF-0.

Roy Focker

Superior, trainer, and later a friend. Roy saw Shin's potential and encouraged him to learn the inner workings of the VF-0.


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