Mao is Saras younger sister. Unlike her sister she is cheerful and outgoing longing to see the outside world. Mao has a very obvious crush on Shin. In the 2008 series Macross Frontier a version of the Macross Zero story is reproduced as a movie in which Mao Nome is played by the character Ranka Lee. Rankas adoptive brother Ozma is also shown reacting on his sister playing Doctor Mao as something bound by fate. She is Sheryl Nomes grandmother and Sally Nomes mother.