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Sabretooth Character Review

Sabretooth Character Review

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Sabretooth (Victor Creed) is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics supervillain created by writer Chris Claremont and artist/co-writer John Byrne. The character first appeared in Iron Fist (August 1977). Originally portrayed as a non-powered serial killer, Sabretooth is later written as a mutant who possesses bestial superhuman abilities, most notably a rapid healing factor, razor-sharp fangs and claws, and superhuman senses. He is a vicious assassin responsible for numerous deaths both as a paid mercenary and for his personal pleasure.

The character Wolverine is depicted as his long-time enemy, although conflicting accounts have been given as to the origin of their feud. It is also known that he and Sabretooth were victims of the Cold War supersoldier program Weapon X, and that Sabretooth saw Wolverine as competition and tried to make his life miserable. While Wolverine is depicted as suppressing his more savage qualities, Sabretooth does the opposite and embraces them.

Sabretooth has appeared in several X-Men animated series and video games. Played by Tyler Mane, he was a henchman of Magneto in the first X-Men film and X-Men: The Official Game. Liev Schreiber plays him in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. In May 2008, Wizard magazine ranked Sabretooth #193 of the 200 best comic book characters of all time. In 2009, Sabretooth was also ranked as IGN's 44th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.

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Powers and Abilities (Sabretooth)


Sabretooth is a mutant with a number of natural mutant powers and artificial improvements to his physiology. His primary mutant power was an accelerated healing ability that allowed him to regenerate damaged or destroyed areas of his body and cellular structure far beyond the capabilities of an ordinary human. He could regenerate organs such as missing eyes and large portions of flesh. Sabretooth's natural mutant attributes stemmed from, at least partially, his accelerated healing factor. This "healing factor" also granted him virtual immunity to poisons, most drugs, toxins, and diseases, and limited immunity to the fatigue poisons generated by his own body. The unique regenerative qualities of his healing powers and "age suppression factor," Sabretooth's natural aging process, caused him to age at an unusually slow rate. While he was of an unknown advanced age, Sabretooth had the appearance and vitality of a man in his physical prime.

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The depiction of Sabretooth's powers has evolved with his treatments by various writers. His healing power, in particular, was introduced as a retcon. When he became Wolverine's frequent antagonist, Sabretooth started being depicted as possessing a healing factor comparable to his foe's. In other, earlier appearances, Sabretooth was not depicted as possessing such a power. 

Sabretooth possessed superhumanly acute senses that were comparable to those possessed by certain animals. Sabretooth was able to see objects with greater clarity and at much greater distances than an ordinary human. His sight was enhanced to the point that he could see with this same level of clarity in almost complete darkness, just like a nocturnal cat. This may have been in part a result of being able to see into the infrared and ultraviolet portions of the spectrum. His sense of hearing was enhanced in a similar manner, allowing him to hear sounds that humans could not. Sabretooth was able to use his highly developed sense of smell to track targets by scent. He was able to track targets with an impressive degree of success, even if the scent had been eroded by natural factors such as weather conditions. His sense of taste was also developed to superhuman levels.

Many of Sabretooth's natural physical attributes were beyond human levels. He possessed some degree of superhuman strength (able to lift heavy objects without breaking his bones, due to his healing factor). The exact limits of his strength are unknown, but he was seemingly stronger than Wolverine. Originally, he could crush an iron barbell with ease. Sabretooth's physical strength had been artificially enhanced at least twice. Sabretooth received his first strength enhancement from his now deceased son, Graydon Creed. Sabretooth's strength was further enhanced later after joining the latest incarnation of the Weapon X Program. His mutant healing factor granted him superhuman stamina. He could push himself at peak capacity for several days before fatigue began to affect him. 

His agility and reflexes were enhanced beyond the human body's natural limits. With an ability to flex, relax, and reflex his musculature at dramatically improved speeds, Sabretooth's pounce could be devastating. As depicted in both movies and comics throughout his appearances, most enemies could not react to his leap before being hit. Combined with the ability to stalk, move quietly, and see in the dark it provided him with initiative in a fight. Even Wolverine's instincts were incapable of countering this effect fully (although he is frequently depicted smelling Sabretooth just before taking a painful strike).

Sabretooth's physical appearance also displayed animal-like mutations, including sharper-than-normal teeth with two pronounced canines and retractable claws where ordinary humans have fingernails and toenails. He also was portrayed to have thick, bushy eyebrows, which gave him an animal like appearance as well. His eyes were supposed to be depicted as amber without visible pupils, as this was noted by the Foreigner as something that caused him to stand out. However, colorists also depicted his eyes with red, blue, grey, brown, or hazel irises. His teeth and claws, even before being laced with adamantium, were strong enough to rend substances as durable as steel.

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Later, just prior to Wolverine's marriage to Viper, Sabretooth's skeleton and claws were molecularly laced with the indestructible metal adamantium by Apocalypse, who later removed it and bonded it to Wolverine's bones. Later, the Weapon X program bonded adamantium to his bones once more. However, Sabretooth did not have adamantium connective tissues in his joints and wrists, only adamantium bones, therefore his limbs could be severed. According to the official Marvel Comics website, Sabretooth still possessed an adamantium skeleton. Even without the adamantium enhanced edge, Sabretooth's claws were capable of cutting most conventional materials including flesh, bone, wood, stone, and some types of metals.

Skills


Sabretooth was an excellent hand to hand combatant, having been trained by various organizations such as the CIA, Weapon X, the Foreigner, and HYDRA. He was also an expert hunter and tracker, even without the use of his heightened senses. Sabretooth also developed a high resistance to telepathic probing and manipulation, after an incident in which Wolverine stabbed him under the chin with a claw, and punctured his brain. 

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Although his extreme arrogance and bestial nature gave him the appearance of stupidity, he was actually quite intelligent. He routinely hacked into government databases to steal classified information and had escaped the highest levels of incarceration. He is also quite skilled at psychological manipulation.

 In Other Media


 In some media incarnations, Sabretooth was depicted as working under Magneto. In the mainstream comics however, Sabretooth and Magneto have not come together in any significant capacity.

Film/Movie

  • Sabretooth appears in the film X-Men portrayed by Tyler Mane (who worked as a stuntman until Bryan Singer cast him as Sabretooth). Sabretooth is seen as a member of the Brotherhood of Mutants. Having set up an ambush to capture Rogue on Magneto's orders, he easily manhandled Wolverine and attempted to take Rogue prisoner but was stopped by Cyclops and Storm. Sabretooth later told Magneto about what happened. When Senator Kelly was captured by Mystique, Sabretooth was present when Senator Kelly was brought to Magneto. When the mutated Senator Kelly discovers the abilities that Magneto placed upon him, Sabretooth tried to stop Senator Kelly from escaping only to accidentally cause Senator Kelly to fall (though Senator Kelly survived and later died of the side effects brought upon by Magneto's mutation machine). Sabretooth and Toad later ambushed Cyclops and Storm to prevent them from finding a runaway Rogue while Magneto himself kidnapped her. When Magneto managed to capture Rogue, Professor X uses his telepathy to control Sabretooth into letting Rogue go only for Magneto to use his abilities to threaten to kill the police officers with their deflected bullets. Professor X had no choice by to release Sabretooth from his mind control. When it comes to the showdown at the Statue of Liberty, Magneto disables the other X-Men while Sabretooth fights Wolverine. After Jean Grey get Cyclops blasted Sabretooth off the Statue of Liberty causing him to fall to the boat below.
  •  In February 2008, 20th Century Fox announced Liev Schreiber was to portray Victor Creed in the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, released in May 1, 2009. The film depicts Victor as the half-brother of James Howlett (Wolverine) and that they fought together as mercenaries in the American Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. Victor grows increasingly violent and uncontrolled as time passes. During the Vietnam War he attempts to rape a young Vietnamese woman and then brutally attacks the soldiers who try to stop him, leading to both he and James being placed in front of a firing squad. They survive the firing squad, and thus are invited to join Major Stryker's all-mutant team. James leaves the team when he witnesses Stryker's willingness to kill innocent civilians, but Victor does not go with him. Victor and Stryker subsequently work together to capture various mutants, culminating in tricking Logan into agreeing to have adamantium bonded to his skeleton by claiming that Victor had gone rogue and had killed the woman he loved. Despite the animosity between the two of them—made even worse when Stryker reveals that, contrary to his deal with Victor, he cannot merge adamantium to his skeleton because it would kill him—the brothers fight together to defeat Weapon XI, Victor explaining his reasons as being that only he gets to kill Wolverine, subsequently departing when the battle is over. This version of Victor possesses enhanced strength and speed, heightened senses, and razor-sharp nails that can extend or retract at will, allowing him to climb sheer surfaces and adds extra power to his grip and he is also given the ability to run on all fours.
  •  Sabretooth appear in the Wolverine part of Hulk Vs voiced by Mark Acheson. Sabretooth appears as a member of Weapon X employed by Professor Thorton. He first appears when Wolverine and the Hulk are shot with tranquilizer darts by Deadpool. He then punches out Wolverine and carries him off to the laboratory. Sabretooth then forcefully punches Wolverine awake when Professor Thornton enters where they are holding Wolverine. Later, he confronts Wolverine after his escape from the cell with Professor Thornton and Lady Deathstrike. Annoyed by Professor Thornton, he slashes him in the back (but not fatally) while he is talking to Lady Deathstrike and blames it on Wolverine when the others arrive as they have similar claw marks (although Deadpool realizes he lied). He, along with Lady Deathstrike and Omega Red, face off against Wolverine and eventually to defeat him. Soon, Bruce Banner transforms into the Hulk, (triggered by the stab wound Wolverine left him) and punches Sabretooth out of the laboratory, knocking him out for the rest of the battle. He was later seen lying in the snow unconscious as Hulk and Wolverine finish their fight.

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