|“||You are old and weak, Pua. Today is the end of your reign.||„|
|~ Makuu to Pua before their mashindano|
Makuu is the villainous leader of the crocodiles in The Pride Lands, a minor character in the 2015 Disney Channel TV film The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar and the main antagonist turned supporting character in its 2016 Disney Junior follow-up series The Lion Guard. He is the former arch-nemesis of the Lion Guard's leader Kion. He serves as an antagonist in the series until the Season 2 episode "The Savannah Summit", where he redeems and is now on friendly terms with The Lion Guard.
He was voiced by Blair Underwood.
The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar
The Lion Guard
The Rise of Makuu
Makuu appeared in this episode as the main antagonist.
Makuu accuses the leader of the crocodiles Pua of being a coward for refuseing the offset of The Circle of Life by hunting fish in Big Springs and challenges him to a mashindano, believing that the float have a right to eat fish from Big Springs. Whilst being watched on by a crowd of animals including Kion, Bunga, Beshte, Fuli, Kiara, Simba, Nala, Tiifu and Zuri, Makuu wins the battle and becomes the new leader of the crocodiles and is congratulated by Simba who then thanks Pua for his service as leader. Pua thanks the King before leaving (as in tradition if the leader is defeated, they are banished from the fleet). Makuu then taunts Pua as he leaves (but Pua ignores him) before being chanted on by his fleet. Kion then wonders if Makuu's new position might bring bad news to The Pride Lands. This eventually comes true when Makuu takes over Big Springs and forces the other animals to switch habitats.
Kion confronts Makuu, asking him to leave Big Springs, but the crocodile refuses, mocking Kion for being unwilling to fight. Though Bunga encourages Kion to use the Roar of the Elders, the cub decides against it, not wanting to be like his great-uncle Scar and lash out in anger. Instead, Kion goes to Pua, asking for him to call for another mashindano, but Pua reminds Kion that Makuu is much stronger than him. He then advises Kion to back down if he's not willing to fight Makuu.
After Kion encounters Mufasa, he and his friends decide to demonstrate the Roar of the Elders on a grove of trees to show Makuu what he would be in for if he should attempt a fight. While Bunga, Fuli, and Ono set out to clear the grove of animals, Beshte and Kion confront Makuu. When Ono gives the signal, Kion roars into the trees, clearing them all of their branches. In awe, Makuu backs down and leads his float out of Big Springs.
As the crocodiles leave, the hippos' leader and Beshte's father Basi tells Makuu that he is welcome to return to Big Springs when there's enough fish and all he has to do is ask.
"The Kupatana Celebration"
Makuu makes two small non-speaking appearances, first when preparing to eat a fish, only for it to be taken by jackal pups.
He later appears with the other Pride Land animals celebrating Kupatana.
"Never Roar Again"
Makuu makes another appearance in this episode where he serves as the true main antagonist of the episode (with Janja as the secondary antagonist). After Kion uses the Roar to save his mother from Janja and his clan, he inadvertently causes an earthquake which nearly kills Nala. As a result, Kion vows never to use it again. Makuu overhears this and decides to take advantage of it by taking over the entire Flood Plains.
Fuli, Beshte and Bunga try to fight them, but the crocodiles eventually gain the upper hand. Kion and Nala arrive, and Makuu takes Nala hostage and taunts Kion, knowing that he would never endanger his mother again. But Kion learns to use the Roar to hit certain targets. So he uses it to knock out Makuu and his crocodiles, without harming Nala.
"Beshte and the Hippo Lanes"
Makuu makes another appearance in this episode where he and one of the other crocs from his float attempt to eat a young rhino calf tangled in the weeds. Fortunately Besthe and his father arrive and scare them off.
Later on after Besthe messes up the Hippo Lanes his dad helps him correct them. Unfortunately due to getting his leg broke by the rhino calf, Basi falls behind. While catching his breath Makuu and his float see him there and attempt to get rid of him so they can do whatever they want in the Flood Plains. Besthe quickly sees this and tries to hold them back, when out of nowhere a herd of sable antelope let in by Kion on and the rest of the Lion Guard trample them and Beshte tells Makuu to use the Flood plains to get away while he and his float can.
"Ono the Tickbird"
Makuu appears only near the end of this episode, after Mwenzi the tick bird thinks he's been replaced by his best friend Kifaru the rhino he flies off, but Ono soon finds him sitting on a branch over a waterhole where Makuu and his crocodiles hang out. Makuu soon hears the 2 birds talking and attempts to eat them. Ono escapes, but Mwenzi injures his wing. Soon Kifaru and the Lion Guard arrive and drive off the crocs, just before doing so Kifaru horns Makuu sending him flying.
Makuu is a boastful, conceited, neglectful, egotistical, and vainglorious crocodile who loves to bask in the attention of others. He can be a bit of a showoff, as seen when he flamboyantly sees Pua out of the float, and rarely shows respect for other creatures.
Unlike his predecessor, Makuu has no respect for tradition or the Circle of Life, and certainly not for authority (except his own), seeing both Pua and Kion as weak, cowardly, pusillanimous, and timorous. He appears to only respond to strength and power, as he was awestruck by the Roar of the Elders and gave into Kion's second demand to leave Big Springs while trying to save face.
However, his partaking in the Kupatana celebration indicates that he has come to respect the Circle of Life, as he, along with another crocodile, kindly allow a mouse to pass between them. He reverts back to his old ways in "Never Roar Again", as he attempts to take over the Flood Plains when Kion vows to never use the Roar of the Elders again.
|“||Don't let the reeds hit you on the way out Pua.||„|
|~ Makuu taunting Pua as he leaves the float.|
|“||That's right. Makuu, leader of the crocodiles.||„|
|~ Makuu as he becomes the new leader of the crocodiles.|
|“||That's right, Kion. Go! The new leader of the crocodiles takes orders from nobody!||„|
|~ Makuu to Kion, after he refuses to lash out and use the Roar of the Elders in anger|
|“||Without your fearless leader? Or... Or should I say, your Roar-less leader? Oh? You didn't hear? Mighty Kion, leader of the Lion Guard, too much of a coward to use his Roar."||„|
|~ Makuu to revealing to The Lion Guard that Kion is no longer using the Roar of the Elders|
|“||What are you going to do Kion?. Roar at me and risk hurting your mom again?.||„|
|~ Makuu taunting Kion after his float take Nala hostage|
|The Lion King Villains|