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X-Men, Sabretooth (Tyler Mane)

Site Rating: 63%
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Writeup Rating: 65%
(ratings: 4)
Film: X-Men (2000)
Deceased Character: Sabretooth (Tyler Mane)
Archetype: Baddy (Minor)
Killed by: Cyclops (James Marsden)
Killed with: Optic Blaster


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Written by Mr. Mouseburger 4th Apr 2006

Kindly submitted by Eno

Sabretooth antagonizes Wolverine and the other X-Men as a member of Magneto's "Brotherhood of Mutants", battling them on several occasions. It all came to a head at Liberty Island where Magneto's plan was being carried out inside the Statue of Liberty's head.

Wolverine is pinned to the wall by Magneto's power over his adamantium metal skeleton, his hands stuck against his chest so that he will impale himself if he extends his claws. The others are pinned by sheets of metal also controlled by Magneto. Sabretooth comes down and basically is there to watch them, taking Cyclops’ visor so that he must keep his eyes closed, otherwise he will kill Jean with his optic blasts.

Eventually Wolverine has no other option but to extend his claws, putting them straight through his body and somehow releasing himself from Magneto's power. Sabretooth inspects his "corpse", but is then attacked once Wolverine heals his wound. The two end up on top of the statue's head, slugging it out with almost equal strength, abilities and with Sabretooth seemingly also having a healing factor to survive Wolverine's blows.

Wolverine is able to retrieve the dog-tags of his that Sabretooth took earlier in the film from him, but is then launched off the statue's head. He manages to hang on however, just out of Sabretooth's view, so the henchman returns inside the head and approaches the incapacitated Storm, saying "You still owe me a scream..." (A reference to a line he used in an earlier encounter with Storm).

Wolverine leaps back into the head, revealing that Sabretooth had "Dropped somethin'", Cyclops' visor. Jean used her telekinetic abilities to pull the visor to Cyclops' eyes, pointing it in an arc directed at Sabretooth as Cyclops opens his eyes. Sabretooth is hit with the incoming beam full on, sending him sailing through the wall of the statue's head and plummeting right through the boat that he and the other Brotherhood members had taken to the island.



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This review has 28 comments. Reply to the comments
Comment 1 by 'commanderblue' (reply to this comment)
His fall is controversial of course. No one knows if he is really dead or not, but knowing him and that the character wouldn't go out so easily, I'd say he survived that 300 foot fall.
Comment 2 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
I should emphasise the part about "300 ft. fall"...
Comment 3 by 'ratimir' (reply to this comment)
Sabretooth's healing abilities rival Wolverine's. He can survive a 300' fall. The only way he would have died is if he was unconcious long enough to drown.

As evidence that he did not in fact die, I offer the X-Men 2 novelisation, which mentions Sabretooth (in passing) as the subject of a nationwide manhunt. Being that this novelisation was written by Chris Claremont, who wrote X-Men comics for over 15 years and created Sabretooth in the first place, I'm willing to trust his knowledge of just how tough Sabretooth is.
Comment 4 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
But we are not judging these films by novelizations, we are judging them by the films themselves. Sabretooth has never returned, so we can say he's dead. The X3 novelization mentions a character teleporting before she gets disintegrated, but in the film she disintegrates.
Comment 5 by 'commanderblue' (reply to this comment)
Possibly, but I would've also put not quite dead yet.

As X-Men fans and superhero fans alike, we all would like to see the characters have the similar traits to their comic book counterparts, thus the majority assume he is probably alive
Comment 6 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
But how do we know that he isn't dead? These are films, not the comic books. Different rules apply.
Comment 7 by 'Dexter' (reply to this comment)
According to the official Novelization of the film X2: X-Men United and the comic book prequel tie-in, Sabretooth survived the incident, was the subject of an international manhunt, and had a brief confrontation with Logan to talk about their shared history.
And besides, anyone who knows Sabretooth from the comics knows that such a fall would do little more than make him mad.
Comment 8 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
Yeah, but like other villains who have been revealed to have survived in sequels or other material, he's still a goner as far as this movie is concerned.

And if you wanna talk about novelizations, the novelization of the first movie has Logan being pretty certain falling off of Lady Liberty would be a long enough drop to kill even him (or, best case scenario, injure him so badly he "won't be any good to anybody for a long time"). Not only does Sabretooth fall the same distance Logan dreaded falling in the book, he's also hit almost point-blank by Cyclops' heat vision and blasted through solid metal before falling several stories and crashing through a boat.

If Logan thought simply falling would potentially kill him, then I'd say that as far as this film is concerned, all bets are off for Sabretooth considering what he goes through before the actual fall.
Comment 9 by 'Lord Sin' (reply to this comment)
Sabertooth has a similar healing factor as wolverine, he wouldn't die from something so weak.

plus being certain you are going to die.. and actually being able to die from it are two diffrent things. Wolverine and Sabertooth could fall out of a plane and not die >.> still not enough to actually kill Sabertooth.. hell it would take a lot before either of the two are close to death.

given both could take a beating from juggernaut and live this is a moot point.
Comment 10 by 'Lord Sin' (reply to this comment)
given wolverine has decapitated him i the ultimates universe and that wasn't enough >.>

anyway from the 616 universe he's taken better shots than from cyclops, who'se power if you'll note more often than not is concussion based even if it's laser. You don't normally see him burning through things too often unless you count the ultimates universe.

Plus the 616 has taken on cylops before and the blasts didn't do much then either >.> if' it's a true translation of Sabertooth he's not dead >.> not by a long shot.. more than likely in the story just ticked off and not about to help Magneto again.

Kooshmeister Wrote:
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> Yeah, but like other villains who have been
> revealed to have survived in sequels or other
> material, he's still a goner as far as this movie
> is concerned.
>
> And if you wanna talk about novelizations, the
> novelization of the first movie has Logan being
> pretty certain falling off of Lady Liberty would
> be a long enough drop to kill even him (or, best
> case scenario, injure him so badly he "won't be
> any good to anybody for a long time"). Not only
> does Sabretooth fall the same distance Logan
> dreaded falling in the book, he's also hit almost
> point-blank by Cyclops' heat vision and blasted
> through solid metal before falling several stories
> and crashing through a boat.
>
> If Logan thought simply falling would potentially
> kill him, then I'd say that as far as this film is
> concerned, all bets are off for Sabretooth
> considering what he goes through before the actual
> fall.
Comment 11 by 'Johnny' (reply to this comment)
Matt the issue is not "how can you prove he didn't die" but "How can you prove he did." It is my personal experience that unless character is shown dead, explicitly killed on screen, or said to be dead later in the film you can not ever say for certainty that that character is in fact dead. Case and Point: Layer Cake (they're making a sequel).
Comment 12 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
Anonymous User Wrote:
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> Matt the issue is not "how can you prove he didn't
> die" but "How can you prove he did." It is my
> personal experience that unless character is shown
> dead, explicitly killed on screen, or said to be
> dead later in the film you can not ever say for
> certainty that that character is in fact dead.
> Case and Point: Layer Cake (they're making a
> sequel).

Evidence to prove this is the fact that he did not appear in either of the sequels, where Mystique, who managed to live despite being stabbed, re-appeared.
Comment 13 by 'Anon' (reply to this comment)
At the end of the first movie, if you listen carefully, you can hear a newsreader on the TV say that police think a large cat may have mauled the guards on the island, indicating that they haven't found Sabretooth's body.
Comment 14 by 'S' (reply to this comment)
In X-Men: The Official Video Game, Sabretooth is supposedly killed at the end of it, the video game taking place between X2 and X3. If we accept the video game to be canon to the movie series, since it is the official video game and coincides with other pieces of the films history (Nightcrawler's reason for not being in X3, Multiple Man being sent to jail and freed by Magneto in X3), then Sabretooth survived, at least until the game...
Comment 15 by 'J gray' (reply to this comment)
Sabertooth and wolverine have the same exact healing factor so saying that sabertooth died from the fall would be like saying wolverine would have died
Comment 16 by 'Toby Clark' (reply to this comment)
Anonymous User Wrote:
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> At the end of the first movie, if you listen
> carefully, you can hear a newsreader on the TV say
> that police think a large cat may have mauled the
> guards on the island, indicating that they haven't
> found Sabretooth's body.


No, they were talking about Kelly's aide Henry Gyrich, the guy that Mystique had been impersonating. If it was Sabretooth who killed him it was months before.
Comment 17 by 'Tato' (reply to this comment)
Good afternoon to all. I´m trying to find a movie quote from sabertooth on x-men origins and it´s been pretty hard to find it. it goes something like: "I think you´re confused, you actually think I give a damn" I need the exact words. any help? Thanks a lot in advance.
Comment 18 by 'Nick' (reply to this comment)
The quote is " that's funny Wayde, I think you confuse me with someone who gives a shit" lol
Comment 19 by 'zaidmuscle' (reply to this comment)
hii all of the guys here , well sabertooth cant die from this fall for many reasons ( depending on the movie )
watch x-men origins : wolverine
1-when wolverine said " am thinking i will take your head off , to see if that works" , he said that to sabertooth coz they both know there is no way to kill one of them " because of healing factor" only by cutting head
2- at the end of the same movie , sabertooth jumped from very hight tower and he survived and wolverine as well , so logically sabertooth wont die from falling in x-men 1st part
3- in x-men 2, lady death strike who has the same healing factor like " wolverine and sabertooth" she suvived when cyclops attacked her with heat vision
may be there is many ways to kill him like '' taking his head off, if Rouge will touch him for long time , or maybe inject him with the adamantium like lady death strike , but by this fall , no way 0%
Comment 20 by 'Lord Sin' (reply to this comment)
First know the character. Cyclops does not have heat vision. The energy that his eyes produce which is in the red wavelength range deals concussive force damage instead. incredibly powerful but not quite the same thing as heat vision as his attacks don't give off heat damage, and don't typically burn at all. They tend to break or rupture things instead.

as for rogue this may or may not work. They really changed rogue's powers from the comic as if it was a direct adaptation, then Magneto's plan never would have worked. Magneto is immune to rogues powers and Rogue hasn't shown the ability to absorb his powers. (one of the reasons why they were an item in the comics for a time). This is also the same reason why Magneto and Rogue have been able to have children in several of the Marvel Alternate Earths. This immunity however didn't apply to polaris, Rogue absorbed her powers in the Age of Apocalypse related universes. this could be because they are both female and are on a similar wavelength, other than that who knows since Polaris and Magneto are similar in powers types but their powers function differently. So in this universe Rogue might actually be able to kill sabertooth.

Although this makes little sense if the writers actually considered the characters. truth be told I'd imagine the healing factor (or survival factor if you pay attention to the ultimate universe) would match rogue's powers till the build up of energy forced the two apart.
Comment 21 by 'Lord sin' (reply to this comment)
Matt Wrote:
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> I should emphasise the part about "300 ft.
> fall"...


emphasize as much as you want the real sabertooth has taken a full on blow from the hulk and lived. 300 ft is childs play
Comment 22 by 'vinz' (reply to this comment)
Anonymous User Wrote:
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> Matt Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I should emphasise the part about "300 ft.
> > fall"...
>
>
> emphasize as much as you want the real sabertooth
> has taken a full on blow from the hulk and lived.
> 300 ft is childs play

Yeah, even for the movie Sabertooth a death from a fall of that height is a TALL order (har har I keel me)
You'd need to burn him up in the atmosphere in any incarnation. Although mutants with the super-healing factor CAN drown, I can't recall what the time is, or how long it takes them to awaken after being knocked unconscious, so if you ignore outside sources related to the movie and take his lack of appearances to mean he died, this is probably a drowning death.
Comment 23 by 'Dijasom' (reply to this comment)
[en.wikipedia.org]

All i have to say.

As a side note for all points, there have been a ton of different "universes" with stronger/weaker powers for different mutants this could just be a substantially weaker one but again reference to Schrödinger's cat as nothing was shone.
Comment 24 by 'Quick Quote' (reply to this comment)
He has obviously survived the fall, 1: He has a healing factor 2: In x men origins he jumps over 300 feet off some big thing on to ground and survives, also i had a comic following the events after him falling off the statue of liberty showing that he had survived and walked out of the water smiling smiley
Comment 25 by 'me28' (reply to this comment)
One question...why didn't Sabertooth mention, or act like him and logan/Wolverine are brothers? Strange, logan's memory is gone 15yrs but Sabertooth's isn't..Sabertooth?Victor Creed wasn't mentioned either???
Comment 26 by 'Edwin' (reply to this comment)
Well, it's a sort of a very confusing matter, and the producers have made the silliest explanation ever for it. The producers claim that Victor/Sabertooth embraced his powers and became a real feral beast, hence becoming overwhelmed by an immense bloodlust, which he was so overwhelmed with, that he lost major fragments of his memory, including the fragments of his brotherhood with wolverine. He also called himself Sabertooth. He also had a weird curiosity concerning wolverine and he took wolverine's metallic necklace which had wolverine's name on it, without magneto's authorization, as a souvenir in X-men 1, which as the producers claim, shows that he still remembered tiny fragments about wolverine and felt weird about it. Which I say, is complete nonsense, and his curiosity, is merely because he and wolverine were rivals and wolverine had similar powers, so he wanted to prove that he was the best at what he did, being a beast. However, this also leaves one matter unresolved: How in the name of Poseiden did he turn blond??. Putting Sabertooth in X-men 1 was a big and silly mistake, and the producers would have clearly gone without it if they had foreknown what would go on in X-men Origins: Wolverine Story. Also, Sabertooth and Victor don't have the same personality, Victor is more sarcastic, while Sabertooth is marked by a brusque and husky voice. Furthermore, Sabertooth barely uses the agile on-all-fours run, that Victor uses nearly all the time, and especially in battle, which is more beast-like by the way, so he was more beast-like before he embraced his powers(not appearance-wise)? The only logical explanation we can make here which works with the producer's explanation, is that he forgot the on-all-four-run along with wolverine tongue sticking out smiley, which is utter nonsense. We have no confirmation that Sabertooth is dead, so he may have future appearances in the next X-men movies. Furthermore, the most major events in Victor's life, include Wolverine in them, and his whole life pivoted around Wolverine's and he only joined Stryker to get back at wolverine, and he was pissed off to the limit when wolverine turned his back at him. So forgetting Wolverine is like forgetting his own Identity, which he, according to the producers, does. And if the producers want us to buy that nonsense, they can feel free to go !@#$ !@#$!@#$%^.
Comment 27 by 'Edwin' (reply to this comment)
Anonymous User Wrote:
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> One question...why didn't Sabertooth mention, or
> act like him and logan/Wolverine are brothers?
> Strange, logan's memory is gone 15yrs but
> Sabertooth's isn't..Sabertooth?Victor Creed wasn't
> mentioned either???

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The above message was a reply to you, I thought "reply" was similar to "quote", my bad.
Comment 28 by 'Amy B.' (reply to this comment)
This is probably SUPER late, but I don't really give a flying fuck.
The reason why he didn't act like they were brothers was because, until "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" the whole Sabretooth/Wolverine brother notion wasn't even thought of, in the comic books they weren't brothers (though there was a character named Dog Logan who was thought to be Victor Creed, but however, wasn't). So in X1, they weren't brothers, the producers, or writers, or whoever, didn't think that up yet till X-Men Origins (and it kinda sounded like they just pulled that idea out of a hat to me).

In the comics, when Sabretooth was taken into the original Weapon X team, they implanted memories, and in another when him and Wolverine were being interviewed for Team X they got in a fight and there was talk of having their memories removed and having new ones implanted.

Oh well..