|Name meaning||Swahili for "Leopard"|
|Species||African leopard (Panthera pardus pardus)|
|Age||Two and a half years (as of page 33)|
|Current residence||Roamer in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania|
|Peculiar traits|| Notch on left ear
Wears a tracking collar
|First appearance|| Test Page (prerelease)
Page 31 (officially)
|Relatives|| Unnamed grandparents, |
Jua (mother), Tofauti (father),
Physical appearanceEditAfrica. His fur is dark tan in its upper part, and dull beige in its lower one, and it features large, scattered, square rosettes. A streak of dark brown fur runs along his spine starting from his nose up to the base of his tail, which features black rings of fur. Chui's eyes are shaped like half-moons and are bright amber in colour. This male leopard wears a brown leather tracking collar with an antenna coming out of its side, a light grey buckle and a radiowave-emitting device with a glowing green light on it.
PersonalityEditSly, cunning and arrogant, Chui is very self-confident and uses his bulk to intimidate his opponents, well convinced that few animals would dare get in a fight against him. He uses his ill reputation to obtain what he wants, and doesn't hesitate to lie, betray and kill in order to achieve his goals. He is said to bring bad luck to whoever meets him. For this reason, most animals tend to avoid him. Those who don't will try their hardest to befriend him, to avoid the bad luck. Chui obviously doesn't miss the chance to take advantage of this situation. His favourite hobbies are stealing from Africa's territory and annoying Africa herself. He loves eating hare meat.
As of Chapter One EditChui makes his debut appearance by the end of the first chapter, after Giza leaves Lerai Forest. He is spotted among the tall grass by Nadira, who wonders what he is up to. Chui stares intently at Giza and, knowing she won't defend her territory, he marks it as his own, without noticing that this is actually Africa's land now. The young leopard leaps at him and scratches his ears, leaving a small notch and making Chui run away with surprise. As he walks away in the rain, Giza, sitting on a nearby rock, watches him go with an unreadable expression.
Starting from their very first encounter, Chui and Africa have always shared a relationship characterized by conflict and rivalry. Chui's aim is to obtain Africa's land, Lerai Forest, and his stubborness leads him to persist despite her continuous threats. Chui is not intimidated by Africa, as he can easily overpower her, but rather considers her a nuisance, someone who keeps intruding and interfering with his hunting. For this reason, Chui hardly ever takes Africa's threats seriously, and enjoys making fun of her most of the times.
- Chui and Africa are the only characters who have debuted in the comic before the actual plot started, as they have both appeared in the Test Page.
- Initially, Chui was not meant to wear a tracking collar, as shown in the Test Page. The collar was added later on in order to fill a plot hole, and part of Chui's backstory was also filled thanks to this addition.
- Chui is one of few characters whose name has never changed during the development of the comic. He shares this trait with Africa, Kafil and Paa.
|Leopards||Africa • Giza • Chui • Sahara • Mosi• Binti• Botswana • Kalahari • Kenya • Namibia • Okavango|
|Gazelles||Nadira • Paa • Pembe|
|Zebras||Abasi • Kafil • Hazina|
|Fan characters||Tumaini • Tofauti • Jua • Simulizi • Zito • Hasira • Chuki • Kwanza|