|“||So leopards say hello with their teeth. So what?||„|
|~ Makucha to Kion and Fuli.|
|“||Lion Guard! (Kion: Makucha!) How many times have I told you to stay out of my territory? (Kion: Makucha, listen. We don't want any trouble.) (Fuli: We're just passing through.) Oh yeah? Try passing through this!||„|
|~ Makucha confronts the Lion Guard when they enters his territory.|
|“||A Flying Hippo?!||„|
|~ Makucha's final words in the show.|
Makucha is a major antagonist in The Lion Guard. He acts as a recurring antagonist in Season 1 and 2, and serves as the main antagonist of Season 3 after Scar's destruction. He is a surreptitious leopard who is Fuli's and later Kion's final archenemy.
"The Imaginary Okapi"
Makucha has chased Ajabu all the way into the Pride Lands, trying to catch him. He is first shown stalking gazelles, and The Lion Guard confronts him. They demand that he leaves, to which he responds that they will have to make him. He flees, an and the Lion Guard pursue him, but he is able to escape.
He tracks down Ajabu and refuses to leave him be as okapis are rare. Ajabu tries to escape Makucha through a herd of zebras, but fails.
The Lion Guard later seen Makucha chase Ajabu and come to the okapi's aid. Makucha faces against Kion, Fuli and Bunga (who has grabbed onto Makucha's tail). Beshte watches the face-off from afar with Ajabu, before deciding to help his friends by charging at Makucha. Upon noticing Beshte approaching, Makucha (perhaps knowing he would be beaten by the large hippopotamus), flees with Bunga still clinging to his tail, before Kion tells him to let go.
"The Golden Zebra"
Makucha attempts to stop the Lion Guard from entering his territory in the Back Lands, but reluctantly let's them past after losing to them in a fight.
Makucha later appears with three other leopards and battles the Lion Guard when they enter his territory to get rid of a dam that is blocking the water hole for a herd of zebras. The Lion Guard manage to fend off three of the leopards, but stop when Makucha threatens to harm the herd's leader Dhahabu.
However with encouragement from the Lion Guard, Dhahabu kicks Makucha into the dam, making it break and forces Makucha to leave.
When the Lion Guard leave the Pride Lands and head for the Back Lands to heal Kion and Ono, they are attacked by Makucha and two other leopards for entering their territory. The fight stops when a harmattan occurs and both the Lion Guard and Makucha's leap run in search of shelter. Makucha's leap and the Lion Guard conveniently find shelter in the same cave and Makucha offers to help get them out of the Back Lands (for the sole reason that he wants them out of his territory). When another storm hits, Makucha's leap and the Lion Guard take shelter in a cavern only for Makucha to unintentionally save Kion from a falling rock. The Lion Guard are shocked and begin to suspect that Makucha might not be as bad as previously expected, although Makucha reveals to the other two leopards that he only intended to save himself and Kion got in the way.
As they continue their journey, Makucha overhears Makini talking about the Tree of Life and all it's rare animals, giving Makucha the idea to kill the Lion Guard members and take Makini as a hostage to lead him to the Tree of Life. They lead the Lion Guard to a cliff only for Ono to realize that Makucha was tricking them the whole time. Makucha kidnaps Makini and his leap attacks the Lion Guard. Kion engages Makucha, saving Makini and defeating him while the rest of the Lion Guard take down his leap. A stronger Harmattan kicks in sending Makucha and his leap flying into the trees.
After recovering, an enraged Makucha plots to follow the Lion Guard to the Tree of Life, but the other two leopards decide not to tag along because they needed to recover more, leaving Makucha to follow the Lion Guard alone.
"Ghost of the Mountain"
Makucha follows the Lion Guard all the way to the Himalayas where he meets Chuluun, who had just been defeated by the Lion Guard prior. Makucha explains his plan of heading to the Tree of Life and getting revenge on the Lion Guard to her, offering her to go along with him. Seeing the opportunity to get revenge, she happily accepts.
Makucha and Chuluun follow the Lion Guard to Indonesia where they come across Ora, who had also been defeated by the Lion Guard. Makucha and Chuluun welcome him to their group and Ora happily accepts as an opportunity to take revenge on the Lion Guard.
"Triumph of The Roar"
Makucha launches his final attack againt the Lion Guard with his army (composed of Mama Binturong, Ora and his bank, Smun and his Prickle, and his leopards Chuluun, Fahari and Jiona) to take the Tree of Life. However, Makucha and his minions are all beaten by the cyclones and shock wave produced by the Roar combined with the members of the Guard. Knowing that the evil predators will never give up, Kion creates a huge tornado that engulfs all the bad guys and carries them away as far as possible from the Tree of Life so they never come back. It's completely unknown what happened with Makucha and his followers afterwards, but it's likely that they are either missing or dead, depending on where they landed after the tornado dispelled.
Very confident, manipulative, intelligent, dexterous, 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, forthright, respectable, praiseworthy, straightforward, and self-assured, willing to fight for what he believes is his.
Makucha is a slender, stocky leopard. He has pale yellow fur with brown spots lined with black, green eyes, unsheathed claws and a long, stripy tail with a tuft on the end.
- The name "Makucha" means "claws" in Swahili.
- Makucha bears a resemblance to Sabor from Disney's 1999 film adaptation of Tarzan, though is male and has paler fur.
- Makucha is one of two leopard antagonists to appear in The Lion Guard. The other being Mapigano.
- Makucha's defeat is very similar to Shere Khan's defeat from the 1967 Disney film The Jungle Book.
- Makucha's name sounds like Makunga from Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa if you replace the "ch" with "ng".
- Makucha is one of the three villains to not join Scar's Army.
- Makucha has the same kind of eyes as Scar (light green with yellow eyeballs).
- From all the main antagonists of The Lion Guard, Makucha is so far the only one whose fate is unknown. Janja, the main antagonist of the first season, redeemed himself after realizing that Jasiri was right and Scar, the main antagonist of the second season, was sent back to the afterlife by Kion, as seen in "Battle for the Pride Lands".
- Makucha can be considered as a foil to Janja as both were leader of their groups (Janja; his clan, Makucha; his leap & later, army). Also, they both want to eat every animal in a certain territory (Janja: The Pride Lands, Makucha: The Tree Of Life) without interference from The Lion Guard. However, while Janja redeemed himself after realizing that Jasiri was right and hearing that Scar was planning to betray him, Makucha refuses to change his ways which led to his defeat. If Janja hasn't given up on his evil ways, then he would've ended up like Makucha.
- However, Makucha and Janja haven't met each other.