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Donald Hayes was a character in Robotech: The Macross Saga and voiced by Robert V. Barron.. He was one of the leading military figures of the United Earth Government stationed on Earth, and the visionary behind the Alaskan Grand Cannon. A proud and stern man, he was very protective of his only daughter was Lisa Hayes. He originally was named Takashi Hayase in The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, the series which was adapted into the first "saga" of Robotech.
Some time during the Global War, Admiral Donald Hayes wife died, leaving him to raise his only child, Lisa Hayes. He was a loving, though hard-driving father, and wasn't always present in her life due to a number of important duties he carried. When news broke of an alien ship crash landing on Earth, he became even less available in his daughter's life. He was one of the few people on Earth that knew of a possible alien incursion in the future, and obsessed in creating a super weapon that would put Earth at an advantage if war were ever to happen.When he heard that the Super Dimension Fortress-1 Macross (SDF-1) had disappeared from Macross Island, he was devastated. He feared he had lost his only daughter in the alien attack, and labored on the nearly completed Alaskan Grand Cannon. Later however, as the SDF-1 re-entered the Earth, he was forced to tell Captain Henry Gloval to leave the earth with the SDF-1 and not to allow the civilians on board to disembark. He, along with other decision-makers on the matter, felt it might put earth at an advantage by using the SDF-1 as bait. He did this while ordering his daughter, Lisa, to remain on Earth for the time being. He remained convinced that the Grand Cannon would be able to wipe out a Zentraedi invasion force despite clear warnings of how powerful the enemy was.
As Dolza's Grand Fleet gathered in orbit for the final attack, the Admiral used the Grand Cannon but only manages to destroy 800,000 of the invasion forces' 4.8 million capital ships. The cannon was hit by the enemy's reflex bombardment, and he eventually died in the ensuing explosion. Before passing away, he shared a few words to his daughter, present in the Alaskan base at the time. Thankfully, Lisa Hayes was saved by Rick Hunter.