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Rick Hunter
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Japanese Name: Hikaru Ichijyo
(一条 輝)
Species: Human
Gender: Male
Born: 1990
Hair: Black
Eyes: Light blue
Height: 1.75 m
Affiliation: Robotech Defense Force
Robotech Expeditionary Force
Spouse(s): Lisa Hayes
Mother: Mrs. Hunter
Father: "Pop" Hunter
Siblings: Roy Fokker (adopted)
Appearances: see list
Voice Actor: Tony Oliver

Richard A. Hunter was a celebrated human Veritech pilot, hero of the First Robotech War, and later commander of the Robotech Expeditionary Force.

Biography

Early life

Rick's Mother

Rick in the arms of his mother. (Robotech/Voltron #2)

Rick was born in 1990. His father was a pilot, and served in the United States Navy during the Gulf War. During that time, his friend and co-pilot Dan Fokker was shot down by the enemy. "Pops," as his father was then called, adopted his friend's son, Roy. At the funeral of his father, Roy promised Pop that he would treat the infant Rick like his brother and always protect him. (Robotech/Voltron 2)

Rick Hunter grew up as a member of the barnstorming airplane show run by his father, "Pop" Hunter. Rick was a natural pilot, advancing quickly under the tutelage of his father and his mentor and adopted brother, Roy Fokker. While still a child he began to compete in amateur flying competitions, earning titles for several years running through his late teenage years. It was during this time that Rick became the world’s premiere amateur pilot, winning championships eight years in a row. Rick toured the world as main attraction in “Pop” Hunter’s Flying Circus.

First Robotech War

Rick arrived as a visitor to Macross Island in 2009 to watch the launching of the SDF-1. His "Big Brother," Roy Fokker, was not amused by the antics of his young friend, but all fun and games were put aside when the launch was disrupted by the appearance of the alien Zentraedi, intent on reclaiming the SDF-1. Rick got his first taste of combat when Lisa Hayes mistook him for a military pilot in a Veritech on display and gave him his marching orders. After crashing said veritech in Macross City, he met Lynn Minmei. (Macross Saga: Boobytrap)

Rick Hunter was catapulted into space by accident after attempting to fly with Lynn Minmei from the SDF-1 back to the island during a fold operation. Rick's small ship was caught in space then soon trapped in the SDF-1 when the duo landed in a deserted section of the ship. Rick and Minmei were rescued when a building team above them (the other civilians had too been brought into space) accidentally crashed into their section of the ship.

Hunter was a citizen of Macross City for a time before deciding to join the Robotech Defense Force. Upon graduation from his training, he joined the famed Skull Squadron of Veritech pilots, led by his old friend, Roy Fokker. Rick began a career in the SDF as Fokker's subordinate.

As Rick became more involved in the RDF and Minmei became an idol, the two soon grew apart.

Showing bravery and leadership in a number of instances, particularly the Battle of Mars, Hunter was promoted to lieutenant and place in command of the Vermillion Squadron, consisting of himself, Cpl. Maximillian Sterling and Cpl. Ben Dixon.

During a Recon Mission with Vermillion Squadron and Lisa Hayes. Rick Hunter, Ben Dixon and Lisa Hayes are captured and interrogated by the Zentraedi. They soon escape and find Max Sterling and escape. they steal a Zentraedi battlepod and are rescued.

Sometime after the SDF-1 finally makes it home to earth, Rick is accidentally shot down and seriously wounded in action, he finds himself thrust into Roy Fokker's role in command of the Skull Squadron and with it Skull One. Reluctantly, he embraces the increased burdens of leadership and nonetheless emerges as a renowned and respected commander.

Malcontent Uprisings

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Rick working with Jack Archer. (Robotech: Battlecry: Road to Ruin)

Rick teamed up with Jack Archer when he found out that Granite City was being attacked by renegade Zentradi. There they found Lynn Minmei, who Jack escorted to her Concert hall to avoid harm. The two fought off Zentradi together until all were gone. (Robotech: Battlecry: Road to Ruin)

In the middle of the Malcoment terrorist uprising, Rick returned to Earth to tell Max why neither the RDF nor he could help search for Miriya, and why it was best to let others conduct the search. (Robotech II: The Sentiniels: The Malcontent Uprisings: The Wolf Pack)

In 2015 during a Malcontent attack, Rick arrived in the experimental VF-4 Lightning and helped take down the rogue Zentraedi. Upon landing back on Earth, he was lectured by Emil Lang for putting the prototype in danger. Rick then learned that Skull-One, the Veritech that had been piloted by Rick and his brother Roy Fokker, was set to be taken apart to study the effects of battle. Rick recalled how Roy had said that the Mecha would out live him, as it clearly had. (Robotech: From the Stars 0: Promises)

That night, Rick was late to a date that he had with the Admiral; his girlfriend Lisa Hayes. As she chastised him for being late again, he presented her a small gift-wrapped box. Although at first she was upset that he was trying to give her a gift to excuse himself, she opened it and soon realized what it was. Rick lowered himself to one knee and proposed to her.

The next day, Rick asked Lang if he could take Roy's Veritech for one more fly. Lang allowed it, understanding how much it meant to him. As Rick flied into the bright sky, he recalled his earliest memories of his lost brother. (Robotech: From the Stars 6: Commitment)

Crystal War

Kyle Bartley and Rick Hunter

Rick discusses the war with Kyle Bartley. (Crystal Dreams 1: Crystal Dreams)

Rick was a participator during the Crystal War. During the year 2021, a group of culture-deprived Zentradi began attacking the Earth. Rick was aboard the incomplete SDF-3 at the time of the first attack, along with multiple others. (Crystal Dreams 1: Crystal Dreams)

Pioneer Expedition

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Rick during the mission. (Robotech II: The Sentinels)

Rick Hunter would later be promoted to Vice Admiral rank and marry Lisa Hayes. Directly afterwards, he would leave on the SDF-3 to search for the Robotech Masters' homeworld of Tirol. (Robotech II: The Sentinels)

Second Robotech War

As the Pioneer Mission was occupied in deep space at the time, Rick Hunter was not a player in the Second Robotech War.

Third Robotech War

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Hunter shortly before going missing. (Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles

Following the Invid Invasion, Admiral Hunter regrouped the Robotech Expeditionary Forces and coordinated the campaign to retake the Earth. His first wave was ambushed by the Invid. (Robotech: Love Live Alive!)

During the final battle (in 2044), Rick Hunter’s flagship, the SDF-3, never materialized from its final hyperspace fold and disappeared without a trace. (New Generation: Dark Finale, Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles)

Fourth Robotech War

Rick went missing after the SDF-3 was attacked by the Haydonites outisde a black hole. The Icarus began a long mission to find him. (Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles)

Personal relationships

Though Hunter was often linked in his younger days with singing star Lynn Minmei, no confirmation of a concrete relationship was ever made public. Instead, Hunter married RDF officer Lisa Hayes, whom he met while she was the first officer of the SDF-1.

Behind the scenes

If Robotech: Academy is produced, Rick Hunter is planned to make an appearance.


Macross

For the Macross equivalent, visit Hikaru Ichijō.

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