Victor Creed, better
known as Sabretooth, is without any doubt Wolverine's
most hated enemy. Their rivalry goes back to a time that even they don't
remember. Sabretooth's mutant abilities give him enhanced strength, agility,
stamina, and healing factor, second only to Wolverine's.
Little is known about the early life of the feral mutant named Victor Creed,
although it is believed that he suffered an abusive childhood at the hands of
his father who, disgusted by the boy's mutant nature, frequently beat him and
chained him up in the darkened basement of their home. As an adult, Creed took
the name Sabretooth, and by the 1910s he was known by this name in a small
Canadian frontier community where he intimidated almost everyone. One of the few
exceptions was a young man named Logan, whom Sabretooth sensed had superhuman
abilities similar to his own. Hating the love that existed between Logan and a
young Indian girl named Silver Fox, Sabretooth brutally assaulted her,
apparently raping her and leaving her for dead. The enraged Logan then forced
Sabretooth into a pitched battle, which ended with Sabretooth victorious.
Unbeknownst to either combatant, Silver Fox survived the attack and soon
departed from the community.
have been tampered with by clandestine organizations such as Weapon X and so
much of what appears to be his past is not of credible account. The clearest
accounts of Victor's childhood begin with him murdering his brother Luther over
a piece of pie. His father then chains him in the basement like an animal and
systematically pulls out Victor's elongated canines, which perennially grow
back. Victor begs his mother to let him go, but she does not. Years pass until
Victor eventually gnaws off his own hand in order to escape the basement and
murders both of his parents. However, whether or not these memories are accurate
is unclear. It is equally likely that Weapon X would want Sabretooth to believe
he has always been prone to violence.
Eventually, Creed is
recruited into a top secret CIA covert ops unit known as Team X, with allies
John Wraith (Kestrel), Logan (Wolverine), Silver Fox (whose death was a hoax),
and David North (Maverick). On one mission, the psychopathic Sabretooth kills a
crucial scientist during a battle against Russian supersoldier Omega
Red. He frequently targets and kills civilians during other fights involving
the loose-knit team, but he is loose friends with Logan. During this period he
fathers a son, Graydon Creed, with the mutant shapeshifter Mystique, who is
undercover in the guise of a spy named Leni Zauber. Graydon eventually grows up
to found Friends of Humanity, an anti-mutant organization, and while running for
President is assassinated by Mystique from an alternate future.