Ramlak Rising is the third episode of ThunderCats 2011 TV series.
Following the events of the previous night, Lion-O, Cheetara, and Tygra hold a funeral pyre for King Claudus, with Lion-O etching the ThunderCats symbol into the base of a broken statue of his father. Determined to get revenge on Mumm-Ra, Lion-O sets out for the Sand Sea with a reluctant Cheetara and Tygra in tow.
As they leave Thundera, WilyKit and WilyKat approach the trio, asking to join in the journey until they find El-Dara. Lion-O refuses, but the twins follow anyway. They reach a desert-like ocean, but are captured by a boat crewed by a group of fishmen. Their captain, Koinelius Tunar, is obsessed with tracking down and killing a creature called Ramlak, which sucked up the waters of the fishmen's homeland. Lion-O begins to succumb to his own obsession, helping Tunar track down the creature despite the protests of Tygra and Cheetara alike.
Eventually the Ramlak snags the ship with its tentacles and tears it to pieces, forcing Lion-O to forget his obsession and save everyone from drowning, while Tunar dies as he makes one final strike at Ramlak. Once everyone is safe, Lion-O is seemingly devoured by Ramlak, only to cut his way out with the Sword of Omens, releasing the stolen waters from its body. With their home restored, the fishmen bid the group farewell, and Lion-O accepts the twins into the group after seeing their capability in battle.
Characters in the episode, but not in the main story
- Flying ships like the ones used by the Fishmen are mentioned in a previous episode.
- Captain Koinelius Tunar is based on Captain Ahab from Moby Dick, and gives an homage to the character in two ways, first with the line "For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee." and then for his demise at being dragged down by the Ramlak while tied to it.