| Makoto Tachibana
|Romaji Name||Tachibana Makoto|
|School||Iwatobi High School|
|School Year|| 2nd
|Hair Color||Olive Brown|
|Height||183 cm (6 feet)|
|Weight|| 73 kg (161 lbs)
|Japanese Voice||Tatsuhisa Suzuki|
|English Voice|| Johnny Yong Bosch
"You were in the bath with your swimsuit on again?"
- — Makoto Tachibana to Haruka Nanase (Reunion at the Starting Block!)
Makoto Tachibana (橘 真琴, Tachibana Makoto) is a main character of the anime series Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club. He is a second year student and Iwatobi High School, alongside his best friend Haruka Nanase, and first years Nagisa Hazuki and Rei Ryugazaki. He is in the same class as Haruka, as they were in their first year.
Makoto was in a swimming club with Haruka, Nagisa and Rin Matsuoka in their earlier years, but after the closure of the club, Makoto only remained close to Haruka, with Rin moving to Australia and Nagisa going to a different school. The four of them are reunited, but not in the way they were expecting. Nagisa had transferred to Iwatobi High, and Rin had moved back from Australia, only to attend Samezuka Academy, and become their rival.
He, Haruka and Nagisa take the intiative to start up a school swimming club, the Iwatobi Swim Club, Makoto becoming the captain, in hopes that they can return their childhood friend Rin back to his old self.
Makoto is tall in stature, the tallest of his friends, giving him a leaner appearance. He has a slightly tanned complexion, along with olive brown hair and green eyes. He has an excellent physique from his swimming, seen being well muscled.
Alike Haruka and other members, he is seen as a bishōnen character.
Makoto is a kind, well-mannered individual. He is relatively outgoing and and considering, often speaking up for Haruka due to his quieter demeanor. He is easy to talk to and get along with, however it is also noted that he is a bit of a scaredy-cat, and can be frightened with ease.
Makoto, Haruka, Nagisa and Rin were all friends when they were younger, all in the same swim club. They competed and won a relay together, burying the trophy they won on the grounds of their club pool, promising to dig it up when they were older. Not long after that Rin moved away, and Nagisa attended a different school to him and Haruka.