NOTE: This article is about the reboot TV series version of Makino. For the article about the original version of Makino, click here.
Villain Overview

Prepare yourselves! Prepare for the end of all things! PREPARE FOR THE WRATH OF MAKINO!!!!!
~ Makino declaring he wants to destroy the universe, The Wrath of Makino.

Makino is the main antagonist of the 2013 Max Steel reboot series, appearing as the overarching antagonist of Season 1 and as the main antagonist of Season 2 and the animated film, The Wrath of Makino.

He is not a cyborg, but a space overlord, and the ruler of the Ultralinks. He is indirectly responsible for Miles Dread gaining his power and is even more dangerous than Dread. His main goals are to kill Max Steel, destroy Earth and rule (later destroy) the universe. He was also the one who destroyed Ja'em Mk'rah's home planet, Takion.

He is voiced by Michael Dobson.


While not linked, Makino was a small Ultralink. He had 6 legs, a dark blue body, a yellow eye, and markings that are yellow.

While linked with his alien creator, Makino was transformed into a wide, bulky, and brutal being, and was on the scientist's head. In this form, he had letters that suddenly appear and disappear. He also had dark blue armor with a yellow core, which was his weakspot.

In his helmet form, he did not look like an Ultralink at all. However, he still had a dark blue body and a yellow eye. His helmet form was also on Ja'em Mk'rah for a short time, which gave Mk'rah yellow eyes in his brainwashing state.

While linked with Max McGrath, he was located on Max's chest. His armor now has light blue, dark blue, black, and white tints. He also appeared as a humanoid being with bulky armor.


He's out to destroy us!
~ Ja'em Mk'rah to members of N-Tek about Makino's intentions.

Being an artificial intelligence of pure evil, Makino was sadistic, destructive, megalomaniacal and despotic. Back to where he was created, Makino chose to be evil, first forcefully linking with his scientist, and murdering the scientist’s robotic assistant. He eventually proved to be a murderous mastermind who had no qualms about destroying life on other planets on his quest to rule the universe, watching the absorption of the homeworlds with glee.

Makino was also wrathful and quick to anger, as he hated Max Steel ever since they met, willing to destroy him and get him out of the way. He has also hated N-Tek, an organization made on Earth to destroy Makino and his Ultralinks, so he left Earth and absorbed other planets until the right timing.

However, despite this, his goals have rapidly changed between the two seasons and the short films: he became omnicidal as he was willing, above all else, to destroy all existence, thus “the end of all things” he said. However, even then, he was stopped by his nemesis, Max Steel, who threw him into the Sun and destroyed him, thus giving Makino his comeuppance.

Powers and Abilities

This guy's impossible! (Steel: You're telling me?)
~ Max McGrath to Steel about Makino while they try to defeat him, and Steel's response.

Makino is an extremely powerful villain. Going as far to be a reality-warper, he has many powers and abilities:


  • Regenerative Healing Factor: Makino has the power to heal from damage to his host's body, ready for action.


  • Linking: Like all Ultralinks, Makino can link with anything he wishes.
  • Teleportation: Makino can use wormholes to travel from one destination to another.
  • Mechanical Modifications: Makino can take pieces of scrap and make them part of his armor, as demonstrated when he took scrap from two N-Tek vehicles and placed them on himself while still being linked to his alien creator.
  • Changing Forms: Makino is able to turn into a helmet, which is demonstrated in The Warth of Makino, where he waited until someone picked him up, but they become his new host.


I will always find a host!
~ Makino.
  • His scientific alien creator (unknown name)
  • Maxwell McGrath
  • Ja'em Mk'rah


Yes, and a destroyer of so much more. I could have destroyed you at any moment! (Max: Then why… didn't you?) Because… I like to tease my prey before I CRUSH THEM!
~ Makino revealing his very dishonorable nature towards Max McGrath.
Why do you struggle so? You cannot win! I have complete access to ALL your thoughts and memories! Your fear of you being good enough, not living up to your father's legacy, not being worthy of Aksteel! But your legacy shall eclipse them all. You, Maxwell, shall aid me destroying the Earth when I use your Turbo energy to crack the Earth INTO… (uses hologram to demonstrate the Earth's destruction)
~ Makino taunting Max about his fears and the destruction of the Earth.
What are you DOING? What have you DONE??????
~ Makino angry at the fact JMk' Rah is fighting back against his brainwashing.





  • There are many differences between this incarnation of Makino and the original incarnation:
    • In the reboot, his actual name is Makino, but in the original, his name is Mike Nickelson.
    • In the reboot, he is an artificial intelligence, but in the original, he is a human cyborg.
    • In the reboot, he comes from another planet, but in the original, he comes from Earth.
  • Even though he was programmed to "absorb and expand", he also wanted to conquer the universe, but in The Wrath of Makino, he soon wanted to destroy everything, something he was not programmed to do. Thus, he is a sentient being and has moral agency.
  • Makino's signature colors are black, dark blue, and yellow.
  • Although Makino was able to remove Max McGrath's steel suit from his body without killing him, it caused his T.U.R.B.O. energy to overload. This is one of his methods of torture, along with his attempt to dissect Steel (which no Ultralink has ever planned to do before).
  • At first, Makino was to be a single entity.
    • In the first trailer for Season 2, Makino was seen as a detail on the alien scientist's head, but in Season 2 itself, his sphere is located on a black tone.
  • In Makino Strikes, Part Two, Makino gained two modes like he did in the original version: the Jet Mode and the Tank Mode.
  • As Makino spoke while being linked to his creator, a female voice could be heard. This could be either his creator's voice or a high-pitched version of Makino's voice.
  • His armor's floating pieces resemble those of Ur-Didact.


           Max Steel Villains

Miles Dread | Jason Naught | Extroyer | Toxzon | Makino (2013 TV series) | Morphos | Mortum | Terrorax | Elementors (Fire, Earth, Water, Air, Ultimate, Metal) | Blast Link | Prism Link | Chomp Link | Night Howl | Snare | Monstro | Ultralinks | Dwayne | Axel | Toxoids | Murakami | Colonel Jasper F. Castle | Avatak | Plaztek | Psycho

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