Awesome / Sandokan

The Tigers of Mompracem
  • The three battles with Rosenthal's cruiser include an awesom moment for someone, be it the pirates or the Brits:
    • In the first battle Sandokan quickly realizes that the only small chance to win is to board the enemy vessel, so the Tigers of Mompracem start paddling as they return fire... And then Rosenthal schools Sandokan with the simple expedient of avoiding the boarding thanks to his ship being a steamer. One of Sandokan's prahos is quickly sunk, and the other has to retreat in a nearby river to survive. Note that this is the first time someone defeats Sandokan since he left his ancestral lands.
      • When the pirates try to escape during the night, luck has it that they're spotted, so Sandokan rams his ship in the cruiser's wheel while they board it. The wheel remains intact, and the two dozen remaining pirates are quickly overwhelmed by the 150 sailors of the crew.
      • This battle is also awesome for the author himself: most other Italian novelists of the time, in his place, would have either allowed the boarding immediately or just have the cruiser win through sheer firepower, but Salgari let the Brits use their brains and memorably subverted the readers' expectations.
    • In the second battle, during the retreat from Mompracem, Sandokan finds his retreat barred by the cruiser. This time he succeeds in boarding it without suffering too much, but the crew is still too numerous... And before being captured, Sandokan slays Rosenthal.
    • In the third encounter, thanks to surprise, the Tigers of Mompracem finally capture it in the process of rescuing Marianna, and, as they have no idea how to manouver it, set it on fire.
  • Sandokan, still weakened by combat wounds and armed with a knife, against a tiger. The tiger survived only ten seconds from when Sandokan found her.

The Mistery of the Black Jungle

The King of the Sea
  • Yanez and some of the Tigers of Mompracem are about to be overwhelmed by large numbers of Dayaks boarding their ship. Cue a passing ironclad warship noticing their plight and exterminate the Dayaks.
    • Later in the novel, the same ironclad, that Yanez rechristened King of the Sea, takes on a squadron from the East India Station and wins, saving Sandokan and the surviving Tigers of Mompracem in the process.
  • The King of the Sea's last stand. Outnumbered and outgunned five to one and with reduced mobility due having exhausted her coal supply, she fought to the last, inflicting harsh damage to the enemy ships.
    • At the start of the engagement we have one for the Mad Scientist Paddy O'Brien. Captured by the Tigers earlier in the story, the self-styled Demon of War had stayed with them to use his Death Ray (supposed to ignite explosives from distance, thus blowing up enemy ships' munition magazines) for their cause if they needed him. Given the situation, Yanez dares him to prove it works... And he instantly blows up an enemy ship. He didn't continue with the rest of the fleet only because an enemy grenade killed him and destroyed his device...
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