Sabretooth is a male comic supervillain that features in Marvel Comics.
He had a brother by the name of Luther with the two being young boys. (X-Men Origins: Sabretooth v1 #1) He had two other siblings with a brother called Saul and a sister named Clara. (Origin II v1 #5) During one Spring, the two boys had a fight over a piece of pie that Luther was having with Victor killing his sibling. His mother later came onto the scene to witness the dead body of her son killed by her other child. Afterwards, Victors father chained the boy in the basement and believed him possessed by the Devil where he kept pulling his sharp canine teeth only for them to grow back due to his regenerative abilities. His mother would visit her son to feed him but she came to fear his ruthless nature. By next Spring, he managed to free one of his hands from the chains and bit off his other hand to unchain himself. Victor then proceeded with leaving the basement and attacked his parents where he killed them. He then departed the family home and started his new life as his limbs regenerated from their wounds. (X-Men Origins: Sabretooth v1 #1) Meanwhile, his siblings Saul Creed was a tracker and a hunter whilst his sister Clara was an animal handler. (Origin II v1 #5)
Saul and Clara later discovered a feral James 'Logan' Howlett after they tracked him for a circus. They later helped Logan escape from Nathaniel Essex who was experimenting on him with the three forced to go on the run from the geneticist. However, Saul began to perceive Logan as stealing Clara from him and he secretly tipped Essex of Howlett's location. In the following battle. Clara was seemingly killed though she possessed a healing factor that allowed her to be revive and recover. Unaware of this, Saul blamed Essex for his sisters death and he along with Logan sought to get their revenge on him. Upon finding out that Saul betrayed him, Logan drowned Saul on a potion that Essex had been creating. Seeing Saul murdered horrified Clara and she told Logan never to look for her again. She was later tracked down by Victor Creed where she informed him of their brother's death. (Origin II v1 #5) Whilst traveling, he found a tavern where he first encountered James Howlett who was in a bar fight with Creed joining in the skirmish with him helping Logan. The two forged a comradery from the encounter and had drinks together when Silver Fox arrived for Howlett. (X-Men Origins: Sabretooth v1 #1)
In 1959, he was in Madripoor when he was recruited by Nick Fury for his black-ops Avengers initiative. Among his fellow team members included Dominic Fortune, Kraven the Hunter, Namora, Ulysses Bloodstone and Ersnt Sablinova who operated as the Silver Sable. (New Avengers v2 #10) Their first assignment as a team involved tracking down the Red Skull who had formed a new Fourth Reich with him being in Sweden. (New Avengers v2 #11)
He remained at Goda's side when the Japanese man revealed that his goal was the devastation of both the Hand and the Yakuza forces in the region so that he could take over the remains to forge his own criminal empire. This was because Azuma sought to establish himself as the invisible king of crime in East Asia. To accomplish this, he decided to fake his death so that he could rule from the shadows. During the planned assassination, Creed betrayed him by leaking information to his whereabouts to Wolverine and departing allowing his former employer to be killed. This was because Sabretooth after his return had greater ambitions and decided to take over Goda's position after his death. He was accompanied by Mystique, Silver Samurai and Lord Deathstrike as they went to a meeting with the heads of the criminal organizations in East Asia who they killed allowing Creed to become the invisible king of crime in the region. (Wolverine v2 #303)
In the aftermath, he joined the Avengers Unity Division where he sought to rectify the misdeeds he had done in the past. (Uncanny Avengers v2 #1)
Their first assignment included stealing money from a Breakworlder who wanted to acquire the Nuke Pills for his people. Afterwards, Sabretooth had them help him on a mission given by the St. Croix family whose daughter Monet had been brainwashed by a cult. They infiltrated the cult but were exposed by M who was under the psychic control of Mentallo leading to a fight with Weapon X Force where they battled Deadpool who had been hired by the supervillain. (Weapon X v3 #22)
He came to rally Weapon X in their attempt at stopping Stryker's resurrection where they returned back to Earth to stop a sacrifice that would bring about his return from Hell. This saw them target the cult of Stryker headed by Mentallo who was augmented by demonic energies. He managed to overwhelm Weapon X and during the fighting Sabretooth was sent falling into a pit filled with blades that was used to kill sacrifices after being overwhelmed by Mentallo's psychic assault. Whilst in Hell, he killed Stryker to prevent his resurrection and traded his life for his son Graydon who was restored to the mortal world. Whilst in Hell, the psychic attack from Mentallo undid the Inversion that retained his morality turning him back to his true self as a feral wild beast. The demon Marduk Kurious felt no satisfaction in Creed being in Hell if he had no mental comprehension of his sacrifice and thus opened a portal to Earth so that he could return to bring havoc to the world till he earned his way back into Hell. (Weapon X v3 #27)
Creed returned during the War of the Realms when the forces of the Dark Council invaded Earth. During this time, Victor sought to ally with the invading forces in order to curry favour with Malekith the Accursed. After the Black Bifrost was destroyed, the ability to transport their forces was severely crippled with Sabretooth offering to capture Magick in order to use her powers for transportation purposes. Thus, Sabretooth joined the hunting dogs of the Wild Hunt as they targeted the X-Men where he captured Magick along with Wolfsbane with the latter being part of a deal he made with Hrimhari. (War of the Realms: Uncanny X-Men v1 #2)
Personality and attributes
In Central America, he was known as El Tigre whilst in Germany he was called Der Schlachter. (X-Men Unlimited v1 #3) Another epithet he was known by was the God of the Hunt. (Gambit v3 #8) After taking over the East Asia criminal empire, he was given the title of Murder Lord of the Eastern Hemisphere. (Wolverine and the X-Men v1 #32)
Powers and abilities
- Sabretooth was created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne where he made his first appearance in Iron Fist v1 #14 (August, 1977).
- In Wolverine v3 #70 (2009), an alternate version of Sabretooth was shown to had inhabited the reality of Earth-807128 that was home to Old Man Logan. It was later revealed that in the villain dominated future world that he inhabited the Wastelands where he had degenerated into being more of a feral killer who murdered people to eat them as food. Logan eventually tracked him and easily killed him by severing his head from his body where he determined that Creed's intelligence was what made him dangerous with this version losing what made him a difficult foe to fight.
In other media
- In X-Men, Sabretooth appeared as a regular antagonist in the 1990s animated television series where he was voiced by actor Don Francks.
- In X-Men: Evolution, Sabretooth appeared as an antagonist in the animated television series where he was voiced by actor Michael Donovan.
- In X-Men, Sabretooth appeared as a villain in the live-action film where he was portrayed by stuntman/actor Tyler Mane.
- In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Victor Creed appeared as a villain in the live-action film where he was portrayed by actor Liev Schreiber.
- In Hulk Vs Wolverine, Sabretooth appeared as a villain the animated film where he was voiced by actor Mark Acheson.
- In Marvel: Avengers Alliance, the Sabretooth appeared as a character in the Facebook video game with his own Dossier.
- In Marvel: Contest of Champions, Sabretooth appeared as a playable character in the mobile video game. This version was described as being the half-brother of Wolverine.
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