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Makucha
Makucha
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Physical information
Gender

Male

Species

Leopard

Hair color

Black, brown, white, and yellow

Eye color

Green

Biographical information
Also known as

Leopard

Status

Living

Residence

Back Lands

Affiliations

Makucha's army

Titles

Leader of Makucha's army (formerly)

Relationship information
Allies

Chuluun, Fahari, Jiona, Mama Binturong, Ora, Smun

Enemies

Ajabu, Anga, Baliyo, Beshte, Bunga, Fuli, Kion, Makini, Nirmala, Ono, Rani, Surak

You want me to go, you're gonna have to make me.
―Makucha[src]

Makucha is a male leopard. He is a member of an army of predators who frequently assault the Tree of Life.

Originally from the Back Lands, Makucha chased an okapi named Ajabu all the way to the Pride Lands. Though Ajabu continually evaded him, Makucha eventually caught up to him, only to be driven off by the Lion Guard. This would be the first of many clashes between Makucha and the Lion Guard.

Later, Makucha trailed the Lion Guard to the Tree of Life, where he attacked relentlessly with the help of his allies, Chuluun, Mama Binturong, and Ora. Eventually, Kion used the Roar of the Elders to funnel Makucha and his allies away from the Tree of Life.

Biography

Early life

Makucha lived in the Back Lands,[1] where he relentlessly hunted an okapi named Ajabu. Eventually, Ajabu fled to the Pride Lands, but Makucha followed him there.[2]

Hunting Ajabu

I've chased you too far to give up now!
―Makucha to Ajabu[src]

Makucha pauses to gloat over his escape from the Lion Guard.

Shortly after following Ajabu into the Pride Lands, Makucha left tracks that were spotted by Fuli, who alerted the Lion Guard to his presence. Ono scoped him out and led the rest of the Lion Guard to his location, where Kion demanded that Makucha leave the kingdom. Makucha simply introduced himself to the team and challenged them to catch him first. Fuli led the team in pursuit, but when Makucha leaped across Big Ravine, the Lion Guard lost him.

After the chase, the Lion Guard resolved to drive Makucha out of the Pride Lands since none of the Pride Landers knew that leopards were predators. They met up with Beshte, who had been busy befriending Ajabu, and the team set out in search of Makucha.

Makucha finally catches up to his old quarry, Ajabu.

Meanwhile, Makucha found Ajabu among a herd of zebras and made an attempt on his life. Just before he could catch his prey, Makucha was thwarted by Thurston, who collided with him in a panic and begged the leopard not to eat him. Makucha simply declared that he had tastier prey to pursue and continued after Ajabu.

Just before Makucha could kill Ajabu, the Lion Guard showed up in the okapi's defense. At first, Makucha was willing to take on Kion and Fuli, but when Beshte, Bunga, and Ono joined in the fight, he gave up, deciding to seek easier prey elsewhere.[2]

Attack on Dhahabu

You don't get it. I don't share. Now, get outta here before I make you.
―Makucha to the Lion Guard[src]

Makucha threatens to harm Dhahabu if the Lion Guard does not adhere to his commands.

Makucha appeared when Kion and the Lion Guard were passing through his territory in the Back Lands. He tried to drive them off but, after a fight, reluctantly allowed them to pass through his territory.

Later, when the Lion Guard was trying to break a dam that was blocking the water hole for Dhahabu's herd, Makucha revealed that they were in his territory once again and that he had brought reinforcements. The Lion Guard managed to fend off Makucha's minions, but Makucha threatened to harm Dhahabu if they got any closer to the water hole. Realizing what she must do, Dhahabu kicked Makucha, and he was knocked into the dam. The impact of his hit caused the dam to break, and Makucha retreated.[1]

Attack on Kongwe

We'll see about that. You may be fast, cheetah, but can you do this?
―Makucha, as he zig-zags away from Fuli[src]

Makucha uses his zig-zagging technique to outpace Fuli.

Fuli and Makini were confronted by Makucha while leading Kongwe through the Back Lands. Fuli jumped to the tortoise's defense, and Makucha backed off, though he warned Fuli that they were in his territory.

Fuli and Makini continued guiding Kongwe through the Back Lands. Suddenly, Makucha jumped out of the underbrush, and Fuli gave chase. However, Makucha skillfully evaded her and climbed into a tree. Fuli attempted to follow him into the branches but got her claws stuck in the tree trunk. Makucha took advantage of her prone position to attack Kongwe, but Fuli wrenched herself free just in time and fended him off.

Makucha is caught and forced to back off by Fuli.

After the attack, Kongwe advised Fuli to observe Makucha in order to defeat him. At first, Fuli was adamant that she had already observed Makucha, but then she realized that Makucha always zig-zagged in order to outpace her. With this new wisdom, Fuli resolved to take him on once more. Shortly afterward, Fuli approached Makucha and challenged him to another fight. This time, she anticipated his zig-zagging strategy and managed to catch up to him and pin him down. She ordered him away from Kongwe, and he begrudgingly backed off and left.[3]

Kidnapping Makini

The Lion Guard's going to the Tree of Life, and the mandrill knows how to get there.
―Makucha resolves to kidnap Makini[src]

Makucha attacked the Lion Guard as they were making their way through the Back Lands. Joined by fellow leopards Fahari and Jiona, he was surprised to discover that Anga was a new member of the Lion Guard. The combatants were then caught in a harmattan and forced to take cover in a nearby cave.

Makucha steals Makini from the Lion Guard

Eager to see the Lion Guard leave his territory, Makucha reluctantly agreed to guide them through the storm. While traveling through the Back Lands, he saved Kion, though only as a consequence of trying to save his own life. Upon overhearing Makini talking about the Tree of Life, Makucha became eager to reach it.

Leading the Lion Guard toward a sheer cliff, Makucha attempted to abduct Makini while his friends pushed the others over the edge. However, his treachery was discovered, and the Guard was able to save themselves and Makini. Makucha and his allies were then caught in a powerful wind that blew them out of their territory. Fahari and Jiona realized that the Lion Guard was too strong for them, which left Makucha to embark on his journey alone.[4]

Makucha's army

Recruiting allies

We both have a score to settle with the Lion Guard. I'm following them to the Tree of Life. Join me. Together, we'll get revenge on the Lion Guard...and so much more.
―Makucha recruits Chuluun[src]

Makucha approached Chuluun after her first battle with the Lion Guard and invited her to join him in seeking the Tree of Life and revenge. Chuluun accepted eagerly, and the two began to tail the Guard together.[5]

After observing Ora's first loss to the Lion Guard, Makucha and Chuluun offered him a place in their army. He accepted their offer eagerly.[6]

Arrival at the Tree of Life

Those rare animals will never know we're coming!
―Makucha[src]

Makucha takes on Rani.

Makucha and his army successfully arrived at the border of the Tree of Life's territory. However, they disagreed on who should take the lead. They were engaged by the Night Pride, who informed the Lion Guard of the army's arrival after defeating them. Chuluun led the group's next attempt at infiltration, but after they were driven off again, Ora assumed command.

The following day, they engaged with the Night Pride again and briefly evened the odds until Kion appeared. Makucha and Chuluun tried to reach the Tree of Life by an alternate route but were intercepted by Kion and forced to retreat when the rest of the Lion Guard arrived. Frustrated, the three were unexpectedly joined by Mama Binturong, who appointed herself as their leader.[7]

Mama Binturong's plot

My fault? You should thank me for getting us this far.
―Makucha[src]

At Mama Binturong's suggestion, Makucha and the others pretended to chase her into the mountain pass, then retreated when the Night Pride came to her aid. With the Night Pride fooled, Mama Binturong informed the others of her plan to distract the lions while they killed Queen Janna. However, her true identity was discovered, and the Lion Guard halted Makucha and the others from harming Janna.[8]

Attack on Varya

There's too many of them. It's not worth it.
―Makucha, after the Lion Guard and the Night Pride arrive to defend Varya[src]

Makucha's army attacked a tiger named Varya and her cubs as they were trying to reach the Tree of Life. Varya fought with Makucha himself, but Kion soon arrived to defend the beleaguered tiger. Faced with the combined forces of the Lion Guard and the Night Pride, Makucha retreated with his allies.[9]

Sunset attack

So we'll beat them now, before the Night Pride gets here.
―Makucha[src]

Makucha's army made another attempt to invade the Tree of Life, only to be met by a tired Night Pride. The Lion Guard appeared to reinforce them, and despite a lack of coordination, the groups succeeded in driving Makucha and his allies out again. After learning that the defenders would be watching the Tree of Life in shifts, the army planned to wait until the Lion Guard went off-duty and then strike. They made their move, but Kion appeared and led both the Lion Guard and the Night Pride in opposing them.[10]

Battle for the Tree of Life

Well, what are we waiting for? Let's get in on the fun.
―Makucha, as he attacks the animals of the Tree of Life[src]

Makucha's army managed to infiltrate the Tree of Life but were driven off by the Lion Guard yet again. The group was frustrated, but Mama Binturong hatched a final scheme and revealed that Smun's prickle had retrieved Fahari, Jiona, and Ora's fellow Komodo dragons to help with the invasion. The expanded army succeeded in reaching the Tree of Life itself and began terrorizing the inhabitants after trapping the Night Pride inside the Tree of Life. Kion, having achieved a much greater mastery of his Roar, thwarted the attack and created a funnel that carried Makucha's army away.[11]

Physical appearance

Makucha's large and powerful build assists him in hunting and fighting.

Makucha is a large and powerfully built leopard. He is adept in agility, speed, and strength, being able to outpace the Lion Guard, leap wide distances, and hold his own in fights against larger opponents. Compared to other leopards, Makucha is quite large, with wider shoulders, a more compact build, and squarer features.[1]

Makucha's main pelt is pale yellow, while his chest, muzzle, and paws are white. His back and sides are spotted with brown dots rimmed with black, and his cheeks, head, and limbs are covered in smaller, pure black dots. His inner ears are gray rimmed with black, and his tail is striped with black and white. He has bright green eyes with yellow sclerae, which are framed by dark brown eye rims and thick black eyebrows.[2]

Personality and traits

So, leopards say 'hello' with their teeth. So, what?
―Makucha[src]

Fierce and unforgiving, Makucha recruits allies to take his revenge on the Lion Guard.

Confident and cunning, Makucha is a determined predator. Once he locks on a target, he is hard to shake off and will take days to bring down his prey. Even in the face of fierce opposition, he is assertive and self-assured, willing to fight for what he believes is his. However, his confidence is not to the point of overconfidence, as he will back down if he is severely outnumbered.[2]

Makucha is authoritative and commanding, and often assumes control over the groups he joins. He can be charismatic and persuasive, though his zealotry sometimes backfires and causes his allies to back off.[4] Despite his natural need to be in control, Makucha will listen to authority if he stands to benefit from it. Even so, he remains a fierce fighter with a need to succeed.[8]

Appearances

Trivia

  • Makucha's name means "nails, claws" in Swahili.[13]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in "The Golden Zebra" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 14, Season 2. Written by Elise Allen and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired January 9, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in "The Imaginary Okapi" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 14, Season 1. Written by John Loy and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired July 8, 2016.
  3. Revealed in "The Wisdom of Kongwe" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 18, Season 2. Written by Jack Monaco and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired April 3, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in "The Harmattan" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 2, Season 3. Written by Gus Constantellis and directed by Tom De Rosier and Howy Parkins. Originally aired September 7, 2019.
  5. Revealed in "Ghost of the Mountain" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 4, Season 3. Written by Kendall Michele Haney and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired September 14, 2019.
  6. Revealed in "Dragon Island" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 6, Season 3. Written by Alison Taylor and directed by Tom De Rosier and Howy Parkins. Originally aired September 21, 2019.
  7. Revealed in "The River of Patience" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 12, Season 3. Written by Jennifer Skelly and directed by Tom De Rosier and Howy Parkins. Originally aired October 12, 2019.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in "Little Old Ginterbong" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 13, Season 3. Written by Gus Constantellis and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired October 13, 2019.
  9. Revealed in "Long Live the Queen" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 15, Season 3. Written by Kendall Michele Haney and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired October 20, 2019.
  10. Revealed in "The Lake of Reflection" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 16, Season 3. Written by Jennifer Skelly and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired October 26, 2019.
  11. Revealed in "Triumph of the Roar" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 17, Season 3. Written by John Loy and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired October 27, 2019.
  12. Steve Blum. IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved on August 29, 2020.
  13. Online Swahili - English Dictionary. African Languages. Retrieved on September 16, 2020.
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