The Pride Lands
When Pua, the leader of the crocodiles, refuses to offset the Circle of Life by hunting the fish in Big Springs, a young crocodile named Makuu accuses him of being a coward and challenges him to a mashindano, thinking that the float has a right to the fish in Big Springs. Kion is disturbed by this turn of events and asks his father about Makuu's challenge. Simba explains that he must recognize and respect the traditions of other species, even if he doesn't always agree with them.
Later, the animals of the Pride Lands gather to witness the mashindano, and Makuu manages to pull a victory over the aged Pua. Simba comes forward, recognizing Makuu's leadership, and thanks Pua for his service. Makuu then leads his float into Lake Matope, with Kion looking after him worriedly, wondering if the Pride Lands are in danger.
After Pua's defeat, Kion receives word that the giraffes have moved into the baboon's forest. The Lion Guard rushes to the rescue, and Kion discovers that Makuu has invaded Big Springs, which has forced 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 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 and slight alarm, Makuu backs down and leads his float out of Big Springs.
After Makuu leaves, the animals return to their habitats, and Basi invites the crocodiles to return to Big Springs once the fish population comes back up. Makuu promises to keep the proposition in mind. The Lion Guard watches in satisfaction.
After overhearing Kion tell Bunga that he plans to never use the Roar of the Elders again, Makuu the crocodile reflects on what he has overheard. With Kion unwilling to use his Roar, Makuu decides to make his move against the Pride Lands. One of his crocodiles asks if he plans to invade Big Springs again, but Makuu sets his sights on overtaking the entire Flood Plains.
Makuu and his crocodiles invade the Flood Plains, driving the other Pride Landers away. A mongoose who had been chased away happens to run past Fuli, who resolves to save the Flood Plains with the rest of her team. She hastens to the Lair of the Lion Guard and relates what had happened to the Pride Landers. While Ono flies off to fetch Kion, the rest of the team departs to save the Flood Plains.
Once there, Fuli orders Makuu to leave, but he simply laughs at them for having a leader who refuses to use the Roar of the Elders. Despite her confusion at Makuu's claim, Fuli threatens the crocodiles that they do not need Kion's Roar to defend the Pride Lands. She then attacks Makuu and orders Beshte and Bunga to take on the rest of the float. There is a brief struggle, but Makuu and his float manage to overpower the Lion Guard and trap them in the midst of the water.
Kion, Nala, and Ono hasten to the scene of the crime, where Kion and Nala command Makuu to share the Flood Plains with the other Pride Landers. In answer, two of Makuu's cronies knock Nala into the water and carry her into the midst of the float, prompting Kion to nearly use the Roar in his fury. Before he can wreak havoc on the Flood Plains, he stops himself from roaring, and Nala calls for him to trust himself. Heeding his mother's advice, Kion uses the Roar to specifically target Makuu's float and keep Nala from being harmed.
After a rainstorm, Makuu and his float attack a young rhino, breaking the rule that no animal is to be harmed on the Flood Plains after a rainstorm. Basi and Beshte run the float off, but not before Makuu insults hippos for always following the rules.
Later, the float corners Basi and Beshte in the Flood Plains, but Beshte leads the crocodiles on a chase that ends with them being trampled by a herd of sable antelope. Makuu gives up, and he and his float swim off into the Flood Plains.
When Makuu attacks Mwenzi the tickbird, Kifaru the rhinoceros comes to Mwenzi's rescue. However, his poor eyesight causes him to crash into a tree stump, where his horn gets lodged in the wood. Makuu sees Kifaru's prone position as an opportunity for larger prey, and calls his float to him. They surround Kifaru with the intention of eating him, but the Lion Guard arrives and disrupts their attack.
Makuu leads his float against the Lion Guard. Eventually, Kifaru frees himself from the stump, though it remains stuck to his horn. He uses the stump as a battering ram, defeating Makuu's minions and finally Makuu himself. Makuu then leads his float out of the area.
|Makuu||Makuu is the current leader of the float. He gained his position by challenging Pua to a mashindano.||Television||The Lion Guard|
|Pua||Pua is the former leader of the float. He was banished from the float after losing a mashindano to Makuu.||Television||The Lion Guard|
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