Makini is a female mandrill. She is Rafiki's young apprentice, and is currently training to be a Royal Mjuzi.
Makini is a young, dainty mandrill with grey fur covering her body with a pale gray underbelly. Towards her hands and feet are bands of dark brown fur, which are longer near her hands. This same brown fur collars her neck. Atop her head is a slightly lighter yet still dark brown fur. Her hands, feet and muzzle are pink. Her face is grey which rims around the eyes, with blue stripes settling just underneath. On her nose and reaching towards her forehead is a large magenta 'stripe', which ends just before her eyebrows. Her eyes are olive green. Her teeth, whilst petit, are sharp.
Makini has been described as spirited, sneaky, perky, curious and very excited about being Rafiki's new apprentice. She also admires Princess Kiara and Fuli. She is also very easy to trick, and has a hard time staying quiet.
Makini is seen in a bush, secretly watching Kion talking to his grandfather Mufasa; then she makes herself known to the lion cub amazed at his ability. She also tells Kion that she is in training to be the next Royal Mjuzi and is very excited that she'll be able to hear the Great Lions of the Past but Kion tells her to keep quiet about Kion being able to talk to his grandfather.
Then, she arrives at Rafiki's Tree to receive her first lesson about being quiet but she becomes so excited that she can't sit still. So Rafiki suggests that Makini finds her own Bakora Staff and she is directed to some sticks outside of her mentor's home and if she listens hard enough the staff will choose her. As she was searching for staff, Makini comes across Ushari who asks her if it's possible to hear the bad lions of the past like Scar but she doesn't know for sure and she finally finds her Bakora Staff.
She returns to Rafiki and he takes her to Pride Rock to be introduced to the Royal Family. Makini becomes so impressed that she gets to meet the Lion Guard especially Fuli because she's the only girl to ever be a Lion Guard member; Rafiki confirms this. She asks the question she had been asked earlier: can the royal mjuzi also speak to bad lions. Rafiki explains that the Bakora Staff bring them back and that they appear in fire and she thanks her mentor for telling her but Rafiki adds on talking to bad lions is a really bad idea. Kion comes in and tells them that the Royal Family is ready to meet her.
As Rafiki tries to introduce his young apprentice Makini beats him to it and when Rafiki official introduces her. Simba places his paw on her staff giving her their blessing that she is always welcomed to Pride Rock and the young mandrill embraces the King with a hug. When Kiara hears that Ma Tembo is having trouble she her parent's blessing to help and when Makini asks if she go with her Nala and Simba see it has an opportunity on how the future queen and mjuzi work together and the pair set off.
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Makini was first seen in early January 2017, on a French sticker album due for release in March 2017. The image of Makini was removed before release, but several months later the same image was used on a bucket in Poland. On June 27th 2017, a plush toy of Makini was released, despite her lack of appearances in the show itself.
This makes Makini the first character in the series to have merchandise available ahead of her official debut.
She possesses a staff just like her mentor, but hers is adorned with various flowers of different colors, a leaf and two yellow gourds, one large and one small.