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"Now it's my turn to see if I can find that spirit to overcome my past. The heart to push through the glaring eyes that only see the beast I was. You'll see Logan. I'll do it. I'll find it. Spirit of a Wolverine."
Victor Creed, AXIS #9
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Victor Creed, also known as Sabretooth, is a Marvel Comics character. He first appeared in Iron Fist comics in 1977 where he's depicted as a Serial Killer. Later, he's transplanted into Wolverine and X-Men comics as vicious mutant assassin who is responsible for numerous deaths both as a paid mercenary and for his personal pleasure. He is a sadistic, unrepentant, bestial mass-murderer with superpowers and is proud of that fact, believing both Humans and Mutants are Bastards and that he is just the only one honest enough to recognize it, and embrace the monster within. This plays directly into his relationship with Wolverine, his Arch-Enemy, Good Counterpart and Shadow Archetype with nearly identical powers, with whom he shares a long and complicated past Shrouded in Myth, with neither of them really sure how they first knew each other or why Victor feels such a grudge against him.

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What is consistent, though, is that Creed is obsessed with Logan and will give him frequent Hannibal Lectures about how he should turn to the Dark Side and become an animal like him, whilst simultaneously hell-bent on showing that he is Logan's Always Someone Better. Though tides changed in recent years where Logan has started beating him in their exchanges.

During the AXIS event, he's one of villains inverted to the side of heroes. And when the reinversion happened, he was close to Iron Man, who had devised a shielding which protected him from the reinversion, which also prevented Sabretooth from becoming evil again. Still a hero, Sabretooth decided to follow Wolverine's example and try to do good, but before that, he turned himself in to the authorities to pay for the crimes he had committed.

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He began working with different teams, such as Rogue's Avengers Unity Division, Magneto's X-Men, briefly teaming up with Iron Fist, and finally being "recruited" by Old Man Logan in Weapon X (2017), which has been his longest team-stint since AXIS. Logan & Warpath eventually left the team & Victor took over as leader. Sadly the team's final mission leaves him in a feral state after his inversion is erased, and he runs off into the Saskatchewan woods for a while before fully healing & returning to his sentient evil self.


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  • Abusive Parents: Zebadiah Creed was horrible, treating young Victor like an animal by keeping him chained a cellar & pulling out his teeth & claws regularly (due to his powers his fangs & claws grew back in 24 hours).
    • Downplayed (zigzagged) with Sabretooth's own son, Graydon Creed. Victor bullies Graydon, but it's more teasing that shows he likes making him uncomfortable than anything like what Victor underwent. Unlike his own father, Victor does have respect for his son -even wishing him luck on his campaign & telling Graydon to remember him after he's president. Recently in Pak's Weapon X, Sabretooth sacrificed himself to bring Graydon back from Hell -but he gets released by Marduk Kurios.
      • With all of the above said, in the 90s cartoon, it's implicitly played straighter, and it's even implied that Sabretooth murders Graydon after years of abusing him as a child.
  • Act of True Love: With Monet in Uncanny X-Men (2015). Fused with Emplate, she becomes a vampire & Creed lets her feed on him. It drains his strength, Healing Factor, and seemingly his inversion which causes him to become the monster he didn't want to be again. Despite those issues, her well-being is his main concern.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: In the X-Men Film Series he is explicitly stated and shown to be Wolverine's brother, establishing a familial connection between the two that was hinted at quite often in the comics but never definitively established.
  • Adaptational Job Change: In his original appearance and for most of his history Sabretooth has been a mercenary, either blatantly out for himself or working for someone but still pursuing his own agenda (and betraying said employer on a whim if it ever suits him to do so). In adaptations, however, this is usually done away with, and he is instead made a (usually) loyal member of Magneto's Brotherhood, presumably because he makes a cooler choice for The Brute role than the Blob.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: During intimate moments with some of his lovers, he's been shown to gently cup their face. He's done it with Monet, Holly, Mystique, and an old (literally) fling at a Japanese brothel he's frequented.
  • Always Save the Girl: Shows this with Holly & Monet in First X-Men & Uncanny X-Men. He had prior missions when he became a member of the teams. But they eventually become his only genuine concern, rather than the overall teams or missions.
  • Always Someone Better: To Wolverine. Sabretooth's creators, Cleremont & Byrne intended for this trope to be the case in their relationship, with Creed being the superior version of Wolverine, whom the latter could never beat in straight fight. After the 90's however, many writers depicted Sabretooth getting his ass kicked more often, with the roles reversed & Logan becoming his someone better.
  • Amazon Chaser: Very clearly
    • He becomes attracted to Jean & flirts with her after she brutalizes him.
    • Psylocke beats him sparring & he calls her his kind of woman, then kisses her dagger.
    • Leisl talks about getting revenge & Creed says her attitude is a turn on.
    • After Bonnie shoots a man in the face, Creed is impressed & founds it funny.
    • Mystique wants to avenge Destiny, and Creed thinks her scent is a turn on when she's angry. Much later he says Mystique's gotten feisty after being resurrected & he likes it.
    • Finally, there's the fact Monet St. Croix was his most recent love interest.
      • His Age of Apocalypse & X-Men Forever counterparts also show this. The former being attracted to Psylocke after she kicks his ass & the latter being attracted to Daisy Duggan's ruthlessness.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: He does this in the 90s run of Daredevil. Three teens go down to the sewers after the Morlock massacre, thinking it open turf. Sabretooth attacks, ordering them to leave & taking the girl for a mate. He says he'd die for her now that she his & her friends run away, leaving her behind.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: With Sabretoothed cats as the animal in question.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Graydon is this toward him, being severely bitter at both his mutant parents casually abandoning him. But being fair to Victor, he was in the dark on the entire thing. He thought he was with a woman named Zauber in Germany, and he naturally figured she was dead upon seeing her corpse. He didn't know it was really Mystique who faked her death, let alone that she was pregnant with his child.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Wolverine.
  • Arch Nemesis Dad: Whilst his status as Wolverine's father was ultimately revealed to be non-canon, when he believed himself to be Wolverine's dad, he was still Wolverine's worst enemy. Played completely straight in Claremont's X-Men Forever AU setting, where he genuinely is Wolverine's dad.
  • At Least I Admit It: His primary justification when Wolverine calls him out on his animalistic behaviour.
  • The Atoner: For a little while post-AXIS. It doesn't last and was mostly dropped after Resurr Xion.
  • Avenging the Villain: This is one of the stories for what started the feud between him and Logan. Logan killed his brother Saul. Subverted in that Creed isn't trying to avenge Saul out of love, so much he's mad that Logan killed Saul and not him. So Logan then took Saul's place as Crreed's whipping boy -inheriting Saul's annual birthday beatings.
  • Ax-Crazy: He may be very intelligent and a highly effective manipulator, but beneath that lies a homicidal maniac who will kill you the minute that you become inconvenient or annoying.
  • Badass Beard: Depending on the Artist, he may have a surprisingly impressive beard.
  • Beard of Evil: When depicted as bearded, it usually helps emphasize what a monster he is.
  • Beast Man: Often depicted with a very hirsute physique, possesses fangs and claws, and is capable of lion-like roars and growls.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Monet in Uncanny X-Men. The two teased one another & bickered a good bit. Monet had a clear Tsundere attitude with him, and had a habit of starting the snark fests with him. Sabretooth in turn as has called out her snobbish attitude. Recently, Bunn confirmed that they had a torturous love.
  • Berserk Button: Graydon was one in X-Factor. During a tussle with Mystique, she takes Graydon's form and Creed warns her she's gone someplace she shouldn't have. He says she won't distract him with Graydon, so much as make him mad. He promptly wastes no time taking her out with one good slash.
  • Big Brother Bully: Extremely towards Saul and Clara Creed. He frequently beat Saul & had a tradition of giving him annual birthday-beatings. He once forced Saul to maim Clara, leaving the left side of her face disfigured.
  • Big Bad: The closest one for Wolverine's solo series as he is the one most active and has some plots to make Logan miserable as possible being his Arch-Enemy and all.
  • Big Eater: Shown to be this on a few occasions. One example where he's said to have eaten over 20 meals in 24 hours.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He didn't originally have these, but after his revamp in the 90s they've been a staple feature of his look.
  • Blood Knight: After his inversion, Creed genuinely tries to be a good person. However as shown in Wolverines he's still an incredibly savage person who revels in a fight.
  • Boxed Crook: He spent a large chunk of The '90s locked up by the X-Men, who were attempting to rehabilitate him. It didn't take.
  • Breakout Villain: He used to be a minor Iron Fist villain.
  • Bullying a Dragon: He's had some moments of this, openly provoking others stronger than he is or who have him at their mercy. He's done so with Bishop, Jean Grey, and Hulk Cho for examples.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Saul and Clara's Abels.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He considers himself a violent and rabid animal and has no problem acting like one and gloating about it.
  • Carpet of Virility: It's no secret that Creed is a very hairy fellow. Though like Wolverine, some artists get lazy & don't draw his body hair.
  • The Champion: Attempted to be this for three of his love interests, Monet, Holly, and Bonnie. It worked for a short while, but he ultimately failed all of them -see Failure Knight below.
  • The Chessmaster: Shows shades of this, usually when it comes to finding new ways to hurt Logan as much as possible.But he's had other moments of brilliance.
  • Chronic Villainy: After his inversion. He genuinely wants to be good, and is trying to atone for his sins. But, the inversion wasn't meant to last. He shows signs of slipping in Bunn's Uncanny when he's hunting a dinosaur and tries to reign himself in, but can't. It only goes downhill for him there.
  • Clark Kenting: He does this in chapter 22 of Weapon X-Force, where he's just wearing a suit & very conspicuous glasses. His code-name, Dick Steele, is no less subtle.
  • Covers Always Lie: A good few cases with Weapon X.
    • Issue 16 has him maiming Logan on the cover, which never happened in the issue.
    • He's depicted wearing his Uncanny X-Men costume for the first 14 issues, but he wears street clothes throughout those issues.
    • Issue 24's cover shows Creed & the team dead in a mass grave. They weren't killed or sent to Hell in the issue, and despite being on the cover, Mystique wasn't even in the issue.
    • Issue 27 shows a distraught Monet trying to hold on to Creed. Monet is hardly in the chapter, her bond with Creed wasn't a focal point, and hadn't been since issue 24.
  • Cuckold: With Mystique. He complains about her smelling like another man after sex, which he says hinders his enjoyment. She says sex is a frequent weapon she uses, so he'll have to find a way to cope.
  • Deadpan Snarker: If he wasn't such a murderous sociopath, you could almost laugh at some of his comments.
  • Death Is Cheap: Partly due to his Healing Factor and partly due to his being the most iconic villain of the most iconic X-Men character. Beheadings, executions, being sent to Hell, one way or another Creed always finds a way to come back.
  • Depending on the Artist: Creed has been a handsome man with weird nails. He's been hideous man who'd make you cringe. He can be an average, but still odd-looking fellow. Or he can be utterly monstrous & almost half-animal in his appearance -to the point he doesn't even walk erect.
  • Depending on the Writer: He may be the most inconsistent character in Marvel.
    • He can be a Genius Bruiser /Manipulative Bastard or The Brute / Dumb Muscle
    • He can be a crime boss, or just henchmen-level.
    • He can be berserker in need of anger management or the cool-headed foe.
    • He can be a psychopath, incapable of human emotion or affection. The next min, he has his moments of genuine love for certain people.
    • He can be evil since childhood or a scared boy who became psychologically screwed up due to his father's abuse, combined with not learning to control his mutation.
    • He can be a threatening force to be reckoned with or a small-time frat-boy who annoys everyone.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: With Bonnie. He demands answers on what's going on after saving her from strange soldiers. She's also confused but turned on by the fighting, so she undresses & makes moves on Creed. They have sex for hours & he gets back to his questions afterwards.
  • The Dreaded: Even hiring him is dangerous, because he will turn on employers the minute that they piss him off or cease being useful to him.
    • Lampshaded by Creed himself when speaking to an employer. The man says he's aware of Creed's capabilities, with the latter saying it's good because he knows what'll happen should he cross him.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Uncanny shows this. We see him swerving & speeding down the road with Monet telling him to slow down, saying he's as dangerous behind the wheel as he is in a fight.
  • Dumb Muscle: Just about every time Creed joins a team, he ends up looking like this. Done during his stints as a Marauder, a member of Exodus's Brotherhood, The Avengers 1959, and Weapon X (2017). Maybe Creed lets it all hang out when he has other people around to do the thinking for him?
  • Egomaniac Hunter: As far as he's concerned, he's the one true predator of humanity.
  • Eternal Love: He & Mystique have become this. Since Aaron's 2010 X-Men run, he & Mystique have been treated as an off & on couple with an open relationship. Despite everything they've done to one another, they always end up together again.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: A few instances over the years show he loved his mother.
    • Memory Implants made him think his father killed his mother & he screams in agony when recalling it.
    • Wolverine calls him a motherless piece of- and Creed clobbers him before he can finish, saying that was for bringing his mother into it.
    • A flashback shows he put his elderly mother in the country's most expensive nursing home when she had cancer. He visited her with gifts & spent his time doting on her.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He has some lines he doesn't cross. One of them being statutory rape. Having Kitty Pryde at his mercy, he decides not to kill her but wonders what he can use her for since she's below the legal limit.
  • Everyone Can See It: In Uncanny X-Men & Weapon X, six characters have commented on his relationship with Monet.
    • Psylocke asks why they don't just get a room during one of their snark-fests, then thinks they may be flirting. In the finale, she notes how weird they've both been & compares them to Starkweather & Fugate.
    • Callisto calls Monet Creed's "little girlfriend" & interrupts one of their arguments by saying she's sorry to interrupt "whatever's going on between [them]."
    • Emplate prepares to gut Monet & tells her that Creed will do it eventually, prompting her to snark at him looking down on the boys she hangs with.
    • In Weapon X, Deathstrike calls Monet Victor's ex-girlfriend.
    • Domino is instantly interested after that & thinks it's adorable.
    • Chapter 23 has Deadpool jump on the ship, asking Creed & Monet if they were gonna kiss & calling them lovebirds.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Wolverine; he's an example of what he would have become had he given in to his animal side and allowed his bitterness towards the world to morph into brutal misanthropy.
  • Eviler Than Thou: As Mr. Sinister reminds him in his first appearance, manhandling the ferociously powerful Creed with one hand as easily as if he were a petulant child.
  • Evil Is Bigger: He is at least as muscular and powerfully built as Wolverine... and 15 inches (38 centimeters) taller.
  • Evil Is Petty: Most villains want world domination and unlimited power. Victor is happy just having endless opportunities to make Wolverine suffer. He's certainly got the intellect and competence to work on a larger scale, but even when he does; it usually leads back to tormenting Logan.
  • Failure Knight: As mentioned in The Champion, he failed to save his three love interests.
    • He has to murder Bonnie when the cure for the plague she was infected with gets destroyed in a lab explosion during his fight.
    • His body is controlled by a parasite mutant & forces him to fatally stab Holly, and he fails to get her to a hospital in time.
    • After Monet is cursed by Emplate, Creed lets her feed on him. This only enables & stengthens Emplate who gains greater influence over Monet all the sooner, leading to her Face–Monster Turn.
  • Fan Disservice: Him & Momma in a Japanese brothel, surrounded by dead bodies & a cow Victor was just eating.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Can come off very civil and fatherly, but it's all an act.
  • Forced to Watch: When he ambushes Wild Child & Aurora, he brutalizes the latter & forces the former into a corner to watch -threatening to kill Aurora if Wild Child tries to intervene at any point.
  • Flirting Under Fire: He & Monet do this in Uncanny X-Men (2015), with Psylocke calling them out on it.
    Psylocke: Are you two still bickering? Why not just get a room.
    Monet: Why Psylocke, do I detect a hint of jealousy?
    Psylocke: Not hardly. But if you two have time to squabble...or flirt -if that's what you two are doing...then I can't be convinced we were all needed for this mission.
  • Freudian Excuse: As a child he was abused by his father -being treated like an animal. He's chained up, regularly beaten, and gets his teeth forcibly pulled. Creed openly declares it in Duggan's 2016 Deadpool run when he admits all the lives he ruined are on him, but his father showed him the ropes.
  • Friends with Benefits: He's been shown to have a few of these, namely Ruth in Mary Shelley Overdrive, and Momma in Wolverine #300. Both women he appears to be on amicable terms with, and has been sleeping with for a while. More extreme with Momma who is a senior citizen, but has known Victor since she first came to the Japanese brothel he frequents.
  • Genius Bruiser: Doesn't come up much primarily because of his extreme arrogance which tends to make him look less intelligent than he actually is. However, he's a very skilled tactician and quite an accomplished hacker. Like Wolverine — though perhaps to a lesser extent — he is an Omni Glot, a highly-trained professional soldier and mercenary, and a veteran of countless wars, not to mention an incredibly cruel and efficient manipulator. Underestimate him at your peril.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • Death of Wolverine has X-23 telling Daken that they should put Creed down & Creed to replies that he'll go down anytime she likes.
    • Uncanny X-Force Mystique laying on top of him in bed discussing their plans. She says he certainly feels enthusiastic about it & he grins, replying "enthusiasm like this is hard to hide."
    • Weapon X-Force adds another when he uses "Dick Steele" as an undercover name.
  • Good Counterpart: Several examples:
    • Wolverine serves as this to him in canon; they both have strong, savage instincts, but Wolverine refuses to let himself become just a brutal beast.
    • His alternate self from the highly negative parallel timeline Age of Apocalypse. This version of Sabretooth displayed higher morals to begin with, being horrified when Apocalypse tried to turn nuclear weapons on the world and trying to stop him. This led to him being taken in by Magneto's X-Men, where he was treated with basic human kindness and decency for the first time in his life: as a result of this, he genuinely reformed, becoming The Atoner as well as a surrogate father for Blink, in addition to developing/showing a much more jovial, sincerely friendly personality.
    • Downplayed with his alternate self from X-Men Forever; he teams up with the X-Men for revenge on Wolverine's killers, and shows signs of starting to fit in with them, even grieving for his son's death in his own way.
    • His Inverted persona also becomes this to his evil self.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Even after becoming a good guy, he's still a huge dick.
  • Groin Attack: He's been a victim of this quite a few times. One very painful example being The Native stabbing him in the crotch when he attacks Logan.
  • Handicapped Badass: The X-Men Forever version of him, due to Mutant Burnout, loses his eyes and then loses his right hand, but still remains a powerful and deadly fighter.
  • Healing Factor: Wolverine has noted that Creed's healing factor is superior to his own.
  • Heel–Face Brainwashing: Sabretooth as one of the villains who joined Magneto's Villainous Rescue operation during the initial big battle in AXIS, and like the others he had his morality reversed by the Inversion spell. Unlike the other villains, his Inversion sticks. He decides to honor Logan's memory by finding his own Wolverine. Sadly, it wore off, bringing him back to his sadistic self.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: He's had a number of attempts at redemption over the years at these over the years, but AXIS made it stick the longest.
  • The Heavy: If he isn't the Big Bad then he's usually this for Logan for the real villain.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He's a big guy period. How big can vary. This trope tends to come into play with him & whoever his love interest is. The most blatant case being Holly, whom he towered over to a ridiculous degree.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Very open about, and even more proud of it.
    • Eats Babies: Has eaten humans many times and he LOVES snacking on live babies.
  • Identical Stranger: Bears an uncanny resemblance to Logan's half-brother Dog. For years, fan speculated that they were one and the same, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine goes along with that idea, but recent stories have shown that they are in fact not the same individual.
  • Immortal Immaturity: Goes into Evil Is Petty, but he's downright juvenile on occasion for someone over 100.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Was shown to be this in Mary Shelley Overdrive when Bonnie suggests them leaving New York and going away together. Creed is surprised that she actually wants to be with him.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence:
    • He's been shown to kill some of his lovers.
    • In AXIS, his first meeting with Mystique was retconned to include this. Instead of meeting in Germany when she was posing as Zauber, he met the real her & they tried to kill each other before they had sex.
  • Ironic Hell: When he goes to hell after finally biting it, Mephisto strips him of his sentience and puts a collar on him, making Creed the animal in death he always claimed to be in life. But this turns out to have been a defective clone.
  • It's All About Me: Notoriously selfish & egocentric. If he ever goes out of his way to act like you matter to him, that's the first clue he's planning something. He openly declares to Maverick that the only person he's ever been concerned with is himself. The only exceptions have been his mom & love interests.
  • Jerkass: As a villain, when he isn't manipulating somebody, this is the nicest thing you can say about him.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Sabretooth once delivered an epic verbal beating to Wolverine in the last part of Killable. Even Wolverine seems to admit that everything Creed said was right, since he doesn't dare to raise an objection once.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After his inversion, which goes into Good Is Not Nice.
  • Joker Immunity: While most villains with a Healing Factor qualify for this by default, being Wolverine's penultimate villain gives ol' Sabes a VIP case, with two absolutely confirmed deaths on his record that he came back from and tons of Never Found the Body cases. Of special note is Creed's 2007 death in Wolverine's solo title, which saw him decapitated with the Murasama Blade (a sword specifically forged to kill people with healing factors) and later being shown in hell just to establish him as being very definitely Deader Than Dead. Comics being what they are, the reset button was eventually pushed on this, with the laughable Hand Wave that it was just a clone that Wolverine killed and not the real thing (which is semi-plausible given the Send in the Clones example below, but you'd figure if anyone could tell the difference between the real Creed and one of his clones that it would be Logan).
  • Kick the Dog: His entire raison d'etre. He has the skill and intellect to aim for bigger things, but endless acts of cruelty are what provide a more immediate rush for him.
  • Lean and Mean: His original look is this when compared to more modern takes.
  • Light Is Not Good: Contrasting him from Wolverine even further. Logan is a short, stocky, extra hairy, brunette Jerk with a Heart of Gold who always tries to be a better person. Creed is the tall, blonde-haired, blue-eyed (depending on the artist) man who seems to be evil incarnate at certain points.
  • Lightning Bruiser: This is a big part of why he's so dangerous. He's massively strong and has at least multiple decades' worth of combat experience, but he's also extremely quick and has superhumanly efficient joints and musculature that provides him with agility and grace that is far beyond what any normal human can pull off.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Goes into Not So Different with Graydon. At first, Victor can't believe a pencil-neck sissy like Graydon could be his son, and says he'd rather have Logan for a son. After Graydon kills Birdy just to spite him, Sabretooth admits that he is in fact his son, referring to him as his "darling baby boy." From that point on, it's worth noting that Victor always refers to Graydon as "son."
  • Lobotomy:
    • He received one from Logan via a claw through the frontal lobe just before the Age of Apocalypse storyline kicked in. Once the regular timeline was restored, he was shown to have been reduced to a docile, almost dog-like mentality, and Boom-Boom took a shine to caring for him. It lasted a lot less time than Creed let on, and just before he made his escape, he eviscerated Psylocke in front of Boomer to mock her.
    • He received a psychic lobotomy at the end of Pak's run on Weapon X, stripping away his cognition and reducing him to a purely animalistic mindset. This actually prompts Marduk to send him back to Earth, as Victor being incapable of comprehending the irony of damning himself to Hell whilst trying to save his soul stripped away the pleasure he could derive from it.
  • Love Hurts:
    • He was controlled by an enemy and used to murder Holly, who he planned to settle down with.
    • Bonnie, someone else he planned to go away with, was infected with a plague & the cure destroyed in an explosion during his fight with her attackers. As a result, he has to mercy kill her himself.
    • Mystique betrays him constantly.
    • Finally, he & Monet have many unfortunate circumstances that keep pulling them away from each other. In addition to that, Cullen Bunn, who started their relationship, noted their love was torturous.
  • Luke, I Might Be Your Father: As a plot twist at the dawn of the 90s, it was suggested that he was Wolverine's father, but fairly quickly proven not to be. The multiple memory malleations of the Weapon X project made him think he was, though (and led Wolvie to ponder the possibility until SHIELD examinations proved otherwise).
  • Mad Woman In The Attic: Obviously a gender inverted example. The one thing that's remained consistent about his past is that he was kept chained in the basement & abused by his father, who thought he was a monster.
  • Manipulative Bastard: When it comes to finding ways to further his own agenda or hurt Logan, there aren't many people in the MU who do this better than he does.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Most women he's with will grow old and die before he does. We see this with Momma. She works at a Japanese brothel Creed frequented over the years. He's been coming for long as she's been there, and despite her now being a senior citizen, she & Creed retain an amicable sexual relationship.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Probably his core motivation. He had a horrifying upbringing that left him with an incredible amount of anger and bitterness towards humanity, and he eventually embraced that bitterness and allowed it to morph into brutal misanthropy and a sense that humanity was only to be manipulated and fed upon.
  • Morality Chain: Monet in Uncanny X-Men. He thinks about not wanting to be a monster again when his Inversion starts wearing off. Feeling he needs something worth fighting for to stay grounded, he thinks about wanting to save Monet.
    • The cover for Weapon X 27 brings the concept back as we see Creed slowly unraveling like a thread while Monet tries desperately to hold on to him.
  • Morality Pet: He briefly had one of these during the nineties in the form of Birdie, who is best remembered today as that girl with the gun who appears beside him in Marvel vs. Capcom.
  • Mugging the Monster: A street gang attempts this with him, and needless to say, it doesn't end well for them.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: As the nineties kicked in, Creed was experiencing something of a low point, having just gotten off a stint of being Mr. Sinister's whipping boy and being portrayed as a Starter Villain in the animated series and video games of the day. Cue artists giving Sabretooth a slight redesign, making his costume less corny and drawing him as more of a Lightning Bruiser than Lean and Mean. Suddenly the Sabretooth of the comics was back to being a fearsome and dreaded presence again in no time.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: He has worked with both mutant supremacists and anti-mutant bigots on the grounds that deep down, everyone is as much of a beast as he is, so both sides have every right to fear each other and it doesn't really matter which side he works for as long as he gets to have his fun.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His name alone is usually a sign that things are about to get a whole lot worse.
  • Nietzsche Wannabe: Believes that the world is a completely worthless place filled with disgusting scum, including himself, and that he's the only one who has acknowledged it and is reveling in the thoughts and urges that everyone holds but will not admit to.
  • Nominal Hero:
    • If he's working with the heroes, usually it's because he was forced to and / or had something to gain. At best, he's tried to do right by love interests. Holly & Bonnie are examples.
    • After he's inverted during AXIS, he starts off as a truly heroic figure wanting to atone for his sins, even refusing to kill for a time. During Uncanny X-Men (2015), his nominal hero tendencies returned after developing feelings for Monet. He's still inverted & repentant, but when Monet is around, his priorities shift.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: One possible explanation for his sometimes feral behavior even though he has proven numerous times how smart he really is.
  • Offing the Offspring: Heavily implied to have killed his son, Graydon, in the X-Men animated series.
  • Only in It for the Money: His reason for joining up with Exodus's incarnation of the Brotherhood of Mutants. Exodus is not impressed.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: "Little baby Saul? Dead? Without my permission? Hell, I don't think so." Wolverine later inherits this.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Graydon lived to adulthood but was assassinated by Mystique during his presidential campaign. As such, both of his parents outlived him for some years until Sabretooth resurrected him from Hell recently.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • Becomes this toward Constrictor's son in Iron Fist Legacy. First wanting to kill the kid for impersonating Frank's persona & ruining his legacy. When he learns the kid's identity, Creed rushes him to a hospital after he's poisoned by the Rat of 12 Plagues. He later beats the crap out of the rat, then returns to the hospital to check on the kid.
    • He becomes this with his own son, Graydon, in Weapon X after finding him in Hell. Seeing him in so much pain, Victor wanted to take him back home. He argues with Mystique when she says to leave him & even prepared to fight Marduk Kurios if he tried to take Graydon back. In the end he sacrifices himself to bring Graydon back. But Marduk releases him from Hell due to him being to mentally deficient to torture.
      • The Age of Apocalypse Sabretooth is this towards Blink and Wild Child. Also, X-Men Forever Sabretooth is a rather twisted version of this. He used to beat the crap out of Wolverine on his birthday every year, but he's still furious when the evil version of Storm kills his son. he openly says he wants revenge for "his boy's" death & joins the X-Men to pursue revenge.
  • Perma-Stubble: As with Wolverine, this look got a lot more popular for artists drawing Creed after the release of X-Men.
  • Pet the Dog: With his mother & love interests. A rare male example with Deadpool, whom tries to spare the truth of remembering that he killed his own parents.
  • Poisonous Captive: During the period in The '90s when the X-Men were holding him captive in their basement and trying to reform him. It's later revealed that Xavier's utter failure to redeem Victor played a large part in Xavier's own corruption, which led him to assume the persona of Onslaught.
  • Psycho for Hire: Emphasis on "psycho".
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Was thought to have raped Silver Fox, until it turned out to be a memory implant. However, there's been other instances that hint Creed as a rapist -such as killing a woman's husband & telling her to snuggle up with his body to make room in the bed for him.
  • Really 700 Years Old: His creators John Byrne & Chris Cleremont mentioned envisioning him as 50 years older than Wolverine. Subsequent writers never gave any definite age difference between the two, but Creed is always depicted as the older one, and being born in the early to mid 1800s.
  • The Resenter: Hates how Logan is similar to him but gets praised & loved as a hero, while he's treated as a killer / animal. He vents about it in Remender's Uncanny X-Force and Death of Wolverine.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: He was actually an Immortal Iron Fist villain before Claremont snagged him for the X-Men, and it would be nearly forty years (1982's Power Man and Iron Fist #84 to 2017's Iron Fist #73) before he and Danny would have another significant run-in. These days you'd never know he'd been the enemy of any hero but Wolverine. He was, however, originally created (by John Byrne) with links to Wolverine; according to Byrne, the character was a prototype for his idea of a maskless Wolverine (not knowing that Dave Cockrum had already created what is now Logan's appearance) and was thrown into other works. Byrne had planned for the two to be father and son, but Wolverine Publicity was inverted, as editors saw Sabretooth as a low level henchman not on Wolverine's level.
  • Sadist: Making others suffer is the one thing that truly drives him. Hinted to be a part of his Freudian Excuse in that he wants to make himself feel better by causing greater pain to others.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: He WILL find you, no matter how many pains you take to cover your tracks.
  • Send in the Clones: An Aborted Arc for Sabretooth in the eighties centered around The Reveal that the X-Men had never actually faced the real Sabretooth, and that every time they'd tangled with him, it was really a clone created by Mr. Sinister, with the real Sabretooth having been unseen since his very first appearance. Later story arcs rolled with the idea of Sinister making imperfect clones of Sabretooth, but didn't go so far as to retcon earlier appearances, with the end result being something of a Continuity Snarl as to whether the degraded Creed of the Marauders was the real thing or just a convenient copy.
  • Serial Killer: His 'murder someone Wolverine loves once a year' hobby qualifies him for this trope, though Creed also has spree killer traits too.
  • She's Not My Girlfriend: With Monet in Weapon X. Deathstrike calls her Creed's ex & he tells her to shut up, and begins to say it's not like -but Domino cuts him off saying it's adorable.
  • Shipper on Deck: Domino for Creed x Monet. She found the idea adorable enough to stick around on the team longer, despite being ready to quit seconds earlier. She then downright gushes over it when Creed shyly tells Monet it's good to see her.
  • Ship Sinking: Sabretooth had a very drawn out Ship Tease with Monet with it's original writer confirming their love. On-panel, it's ambiguous how far their relationship went. Was it just budding or were they secretly / subtly together. However it's rendered moot with Sabretooth's recent reset to a villain. He's back to his blood thirsty self, which will effectively end anything he & Monet may or could have had.
  • Ship Tease: A very drawn out one with Monet St. Croix that started in Bunn's Uncanny X-Men and continued into Pak's Weapon X. For now, the ship's biggest fuel is Everyone Can See It, with six characters commenting on them having feelings for each other. Other examples include.
  • Sibling Murder: He was this in X-Men Origins; Sabretooth, killing his brother Luther over a piece of pie he wanted. He claims it was just playing.
  • Smoking Hot Sex: Mystique says he usually has an after-sex cigar. Due to the smoking ban in Marvel, Creed is written as saying that he quit.
  • Smug Super: Unbelievably arrogant and is absolutely convinced of his complete physical and intellectual superiority over just about everyone who isn't obviously more powerful than him.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: He will follow Wolverine anywhere, but his intentions are anything but romantic.
  • Status Quo Is God: After Axis, he was inverted and became a good guy, genuinely trying to atone for his past evil, emulate Logan to find his own Wolverine spirit, and even fell in love with X-Man, Monet St. Croix. Come ResurrXion, Greg Pak was writing him as an antagonist who's back to hating Wolverine. When the book ends, he's officially reverted to his evil self and will be going after the X-Men in War of the Realms.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Occasionally drawn with these, which helps make his bestial nature even more apparent.
  • Super Senses: If his tracking skills are anything to go by, his senses might be better than Logan's (whose tracking skills are still excellent, of course).
  • Super Strength: Already stronger than the average human, but has had his strength enhanced twice.
  • Taking the Bullet: Done for Holly & Monet. The former is upset he got hurt protecting her, but Creed doesn't mind. The latter is upset that he's bleeding on her & yells at him to stop playing hero and get off.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Xavier tells him that he can continue burying his pain by causing greater pain to other or he can seek the redemption he deserves. The choice is his. Creed believes he has no choice because the world doesn't want him -stating people only see him as a monster, so that's what he'll be.
  • Threw My Bike on the Roof: He prefers to inflict violence and psychological torture on Logan, but sometimes does petty things such as following him into a diner and stealing pie off his plate just to annoy him.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass. Creed is supposed to be a Genius Bruiser. But some writers forget the "genius" part and make him the bruiser -or a wannabe bruiser. Clear example between Weapon X vol. two & three. In the former, Creed's an expert hacker who got into the database & stole mutant files. In the latter, he can't use a keyboard or hunt for that matter.
  • Torture Is Ineffective: During Remender's run of Uncanny Avengers. Creed is strung up and tortured by Dhrovo, who states his toughness & how Creed won't even scream for him.
  • Troll: "Final Execution." He reveals he set up the entire Brotherhood scheme purely as an excuse to force Wolverine into a position where he'd have to kill his last remaining child, just to piss him off. And he gives no thought to the fact that all his comrades save Mystique are dead or comatose by the end, either; he's satisfied knowing he got a reaction out of Logan he could never get personally.
    • Possibly the best example of this is his "annual tradition" detailed in Claremont's run: every year on what Logan believes to be his birthday, Sabretooth will track him down, regardless of where he is, beat him to near death, and then simply walk away, just so Logan knows Sabretooth can kill him whenever he wants to.
    • One popular page has Creed set up a boobytrap to catch Logan while he's riding by on his motorcycle, then stepping from behind a tree just to needle him about becoming a teacher before blasting off on a jetpack.
  • Token Evil Teammate: He's been on X-Men at least twice (though, one of those times it was a situation where they didn't want to kill him, but didn't trust anyone else to deal with him - he was an involuntary teammate).
  • Two-Person Pool Party: Happens during his stay in a brothel in Japan. An old woman, Momma says he's been coming there since she's been there. He decides to settle up on his huge tab & tells her to meet him in the Jacuzzi with three of her finest honeys. After hearing how large his tab is, he lowers it to two honeys before they kiss.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: A constant in nearly all the mediums Creed appears in is that while he starts off much more savage and dangerous than Wolverine, either by training or adamantium Logan usually ends up getting the upper hand on him. More than once this has escalated to Wolverine flat-out dismissing Creed, usually before putting him down in what could charitably be called an afterthought. An Aborted Arc back in the eighties intended to justify this by way of Cloning Blues.
  • Villain Protagonist: Whenever he has his own min-series -such as Sabretooth in the 90's and Mary Shlelley Overdrive.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Toward Monet. The first chapter of Uncanny X-Men shows him mocking a man who soiled himself & Monet says toilet humor is expected from someone of his pedigree. In turn, Creed has called her a snob on one occasion and notes that nobody's as impressed by her as she is with herself.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: One of the things that attracts Monet to him, and she's very honest about it. While unpacking the Blackbird, he's carrying a large crate over his shoulders and after Psylocke & Magneto leave to talk, Monet eyes him up & tells him to come on so she can watch him do some heavy lifting.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He has no qualms here. The women he's cold-cocked include Birdy, Mystique, and a nurse who was leading him to Dr. Winsdor's office. Also a fight with X-23 had him tearing off half of her face.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Threatened to eviscerate Jubilee once, which he would have done had Psylocke not come along to save her.
    • Once ate a toddler.
    • He brags that he could murder a bus full of kids if he wanted because Weapon X would cover it up.
    • A big instance shown in Deadpool's first solo series where Creed has numerous dead bodies in his apartment and it's revealed he has a little girl locked in his closet for "dessert" later.
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