The Tiger Wakes (Italian: Il risveglio della tigre) is the first episode of the first season (The Tiger of Malaysia) of the animated series, Sandokan.


Macassar, a wise old teacher dies when Sandokan is twenty years old. On his deathbed, the old man who has raised Sandokan, tells him that he is the son of the Rajah of Kiltar and the only member of his family to have survived when the palace was attacked and burned by a tribe of mercenary Dayaks. Macassar bequeaths Sandokan the symbol of his father’s kingdom and his only inheritance, a golden medallion decorated with a tiger’s head.

He then tells Sandokan to seek out the Governor of Labuan who may be able to reveal the secret of that terrible night many years before. Sandokan nearly doesn’t listen to him, and runs to the house of the healer Jori-San, who tells him Macassar is about to leave for a long trip. Setting sail on an English ship, Sandokan sets out for Labuan. On board, he finds himself involved in a brawl on the side of Yanez, a dice-shooting Portuguese soldier of fortune. The two become inseparable friends.

Yanez’s luck at the gambling tables rouses the anger of a treacherous German banker who sets fire to the ship in order to get rid of both him and Sandokan. The fire spreads and the passengers take to the life-boats, however, the beautiful Marianne is trapped in her cabin. Sandokan comes to the rescue, and after he carries Marianne to safety, he is left with only the pearl pendant she wore around her neck and his memory of her.

Sandokan and Yanez are shipwrecked on the high seas, but they are able to reach Labuan on a raft. Sandokan then meets James Brooke, who tells him his father was not only a cruel despot, but also responsible for the massacre of his own family. Later, when joined by Yanez, Sandokan remembers what Macassar had said, and then realizes that James Brooke is not in fact the honest Governor everyone believes him to be.




  • Macassar
  • Sandokan's father


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Heroes: SandokanMarianneYanezPacoKammamuriDharma

Supporting: Tremal-NaikSuramaAdaSultanAminaMoruganButhoKimArunaAmariBandarRandiAzimAsuraPrince ZhaoPrince SungPrince LaoSingaXi XiNagaThe Blue MonksArchibald LesterColonel StonesLieutenant JonesUrlagBabar
Villains: James BrookeSuyodhanaNazimaUshitoraMatiKien KoaKaliNarkodamHazraJade FoxLobo Hai

The Tiger of Malaysia: "The Tiger Wakes" • "The Challenge to Labuan" • "The Conquest of Mompracem" • "The Tiger's Attack" • "The Pearl of Labuan" • "The Kidnapping" • "Dharma, The Tiger from India" • "Kammamuri, Slave of the Rajah" • "In Sarawak's Marshes" • "The Sect of the Thugs" • "The Attack of Rajmangal" • "The Black Heart of Kali" • "The Imprisoned Tigers" • "Marianne's Sacrifice" • "The Wedding" • "Prisoners of the Pirates" • "Marianne, Bayadere of the Sultan" • "Giltnose's Betrayal" • "In the Subterraneans of Calcutta" • "The Spring of the Golden Monkeys" • "The Cave of Fear" • "The Long Night of the Dayachi" • "The Pact" • "The Conspiracy" • "The Return of Sandokan" • "The Conquest of Kiltar"
The Tiger Roars Again: "The Rajah's Tigers" • "Moral Trap" • "Attacking the White Rajah" • "Nazima" • "The Head Hunters" • "The Maharajah's Daughter" • "Return to Raimangal" • "The American Cannon" • "Duel to the Death" • "The Stone of Salagraman" • "The Rebel Prisoners" • "Surama, Queen of Assam" • "The Dragon Triad" • "The White Tiger" • "The Fighting Monks" • "The Moving Forest" • "The Attack on the Train" • "Underground in Delhi" • "The Thugs Lose Out" • "The Cells of Calbaran" • "Devil's Island" • "The Defeat of the White Rajah" • "The Sea Cemetery" • "Kiltar Under Attack" • "Kiltar Reconquered" • "The Final Encounter"
The Two Tigers: "Morugan" • "The Blue Monks" • "The Tsunami" • "The Reign of Terror" • "The Pirate King" • "The Evil of Hazra" • "In Nepal" • "The Cathedral of Ice" • "Turgut!" • "The Immortal One" • "The Jade Fox" • "The Conspiracy" • "The Three Golden Arrows" • "Black Devil" • "The Serpent King" • "The Sea of Mud" • "The Yellow Fangs" • "The Hunting" • "Kalisura" • "Eye of the Cobra" • "Narayama" • "The City of Lost Souls" • "The Time Trap" • "The Cave of Kali" • "The Secret of Kondo" • "The Invincible Sword"
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