Makucha
Makucha
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Physical information
Gender

Male

Species

Leopard

Fur color

Black, brown, white, and yellow

Eye color

Green

Biographical information
Also known as

Leopard

Status

Living

Residence

Back Lands

Affiliations

Makucha's army

Relationship information
Friends

   Fahari
   Jiona

Enemies

   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.

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 him 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

Background

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

The Lion Guard

"The Imaginary Okapi"

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

After outpacing the Lion Guard and leaping across Big Ravine, Makucha pauses to gloat over his escape

Shortly after following Ajabu into the Pride Lands, Makucha leaves tracks that are spotted by Fuli, who alerts the Lion Guard to his presence. Ono scopes him out and leads the rest of the Lion Guard to his location, where Kion demands that Makucha leave the kingdom. Makucha simply introduces himself to the team and challenges them to catch him first. Fuli leads the team in pursuit, but when Makucha leaps across Big Ravine, the Lion Guard loses him.

After the chase, the Lion Guard resolves to drive Makucha out of the Pride Lands, since none of the Pride Landers know that leopards are predators. They meet up with Beshte, who had been busy befriending Ajabu, and the team sets out in search of Makucha.

Makucha finally catches up to his old quarry, Ajabu the okapi

Meanwhile, Makucha finds Ajabu among a herd of zebras and makes an attempt on his life. Just before he can catch his prey, Makucha is thwarted by Thurston, who collides with him in a panic and begs the leopard not to eat him. Makucha simply declares that he has tastier prey to pursue and continues after Ajabu.

Just before Makucha can kill Ajabu, the Lion Guard shows up in the okapi's defense. At first, Makucha is willing to take on Kion and Fuli, but when Beshte, Bunga, and Ono join in the fight, he gives up, deciding to seek easier prey elsewhere.

"The Golden Zebra"

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

Makucha appears when Kion and the Lion Guard are passing through his territory in the Back Lands. He tries to drive them off, but, after a fight, he reluctantly allows the Lion Guard to pass through his territory.

Later, when the Lion Guard is trying to break a dam that is blocking the water hole for Dhahabu's herd, Makucha reveals that they are in his territory once again and that he has brought reinforcements. The Lion Guard manages to fend off Makucha's minions, but Makucha threatens to harm Dhahabu if they get any closer to the water hole. Realizing what she must do, Dhahabu kicks Makucha, and he is knocked into the dam. The impact of his hit causes the dam to break, and Makucha banks a hasty retreat.

"The Wisdom of Kongwe"

Makucha uses his zig-zagging technique to outpace Fuli

Fuli and Makini are confronted by Makucha while leading Kongwe through the Back Lands. Fuli jumps to the tortoise's defense, and Makucha backs off, though he warns Fuli that they are in his territory.

Fuli and Makini continue guiding Kongwe through the Back Lands. Suddenly, Makucha jumps out of the underbrush, and Fuli gives chase. However, Makucha skillfully evades her and climbs into a tree. Fuli attempts to follow him into the branches, but gets her claws stuck in the tree trunk. Makucha takes advantage of her prone position to attack Kongwe, but Fuli wrenches herself free just in time and fends him off.

Makucha is caught and forced to back off by Fuli

After the attack, Kongwe advises Fuli to observe Makucha in order to defeat him. At first, Fuli is adamant that she has already observed Makucha, but then she realizes that Makucha always zigzags in order to outpace Fuli. With this new wisdom, Fuli resolves to take him on once more.

Fuli approaches Makucha and challenges him to another fight. This time, Fuli anticipates Makucha's zigzagging strategy and manages to catch up to him and pin him down. She orders him away from Kongwe, and he begrudgingly backs off and leaves.

"The Harmattan"

Makucha attacks the Lion Guard as they are making their way through the Back Lands. Joined by fellow leopards Fahari and Jiona, he is surprised to discover that Anga is now a member of the Guard. The combatants are 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 agrees to guide them through the storm. He later saves Kion, though only as a consequence of trying to save his own life. Upon overhearing Makini talking about the Tree of Life, Makucha becomes eager to reach it.

Leading the Lion Guard toward a sheer cliff, Makucha attempts to abduct Makini while his friends push the others over the edge. However, his treachery is discovered, and the Guard are able to save themselves and Makini. Makucha and his allies are then caught in a powerful wind that blows them out of their territory. Fahari and Jiona realize that the Lion Guard are too strong for them and so depart, leaving Makucha to continue his journey alone.

"Ghost of the Mountain"

Makucha approaches Chuluun after her first battle with the Lion Guard and invites her to join him in seeking the Tree of Life and revenge. Chuluun accepts eagerly, and the two begin to tail the Guard together.

"Dragon Island"

After observing Ora's first loss to the Lion Guard, Makucha and Chuluun offer him a place in their army. He accepts their offer.

"The River of Patience"

Makucha takes on Rani

Makucha and his army successfully arrive at the border of the Tree of Life territory, but disagree as to who should take the lead. They are engaged by the Night Pride, who inform the Lion Guard of the army's arrival after defeating them. Chuluun leads the group's next attempt at infiltration, but after they are driven off again, Ora assumes command.

The following day, they engage with the Night Pride again and briefly even the odds until Kion appears. Makucha and Chuluun try to reach the Tree of Life by an alternate route, but are intercepted by Kion and forced to retreat when the rest of the Lion Guard arrives. Frustrated, the three are unexpectedly joined by Mama Binturong, who appoints herself as their leader.

"Little Old Ginterbong"

At Mama Binturong's suggestion, Makucha and the others pretend to chase her into the mountain pass, then retreat when the Night Pride comes to her aid. With the Night Pride fooled, Mama Binturong informs the others of her plan to distract the lions while they kill Queen Janna. However, her true identity is discovered, and the Lion Guard halt Makucha and the others from harming Janna.

"Long Live the Queen"

Makucha's army attacks a tiger named Varya and her cubs as they are trying to reach the Tree of Life. Varya fights with Makucha himself, but Kion soon arrives to defend the beleaguered tiger. Faced with the combined forces of the Lion Guard and the Night Pride, Makucha retreats with his allies.

"The Lake of Reflection"

Makucha's army makes another attempt to invade the Tree of Life, only to be met by a tired Night Pride. The Lion Guard appears to reinforce them, and despite a lack of coordination, the groups succeed in driving Makucha and his allies out again. Learning that the defenders will be watching the Tree of Life in shifts, the army plans to wait until the Lion Guard goes off-duty and then strike. They make their move, but Kion appears to lead both the Lion Guard and the Night Pride in opposing them.

"Triumph of the Roar"

Makucha's army manages to infiltrate the Tree of Life, but are driven off by the Lion Guard yet again. The group is frustrated, but Mama Binturong hatches a final scheme and reveals that Smun's prickle has retrieved Fahari, Jiona, and Ora's fellow komodo dragons to help with the invasion. The expanded army succeeds in reaching the Tree of Life itself and begins terrorizing the inhabitants after trapping the Night Pride inside the Tree of Life. Kion, having achieved a much greater mastery of his Roar, thwarts the attack and creates a funnel that carries Makucha's army away.

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 such as across Big Ravine, 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.

Makucha's main pelt is a pale yellow, though his chest, muzzle, and paws are white. While his back and sides are spotted with brown dots rimmed with black, 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 eyeshades and thick black eyebrows.

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.

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. 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.

Trivia

  • Makucha is voiced by Steve Blum.[1]
  • Makucha's name means "nails, claws" in Swahili.[2]

References

  1. Steve Blum. IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved on August 29, 2020.
  2. Online Swahili - English Dictionary. African Languages. Retrieved on September 16, 2020.


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