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I've read online that a prequel comic attempts to retcon the two different Sabretooths in the Fox movie franchise, explaining that

Stryker's attempt to replicate his success with Wolverine accidentally mutated Victor Creed into the larger, more bestial form - after which Creed's memory was erased.

However, I don't recall any scenes where the big blonde Sabretooth was referred to as Victor Creed. If that's the case, this would seem to leave open the possibility that he and the Sabretooth seen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine are two separate individuals using the same codename.

Is the Sabretooth from X-Men (2000) ever referred to on-screen as Victor Creed?

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    Trying to fit Origins into a continuity is just impossible. That way lies madness. – OrangeDog Nov 4 '17 at 9:49
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TL;DR: his civilian name is not revealed in the first movie, but there are elements from other works which hint at the tie-in comics confirm Sabretooth being indeed Victor Creed. It's unclear whether the two are the same individual.


X-Men (2000)

Sabretooth isn't referred to as Victor Creed in the final cut. In fact, as you may have noticed, his role is basically the muscle one: doesn't talk much, isn't talked much to or about, no character development etc.

You can CTRL+F the transcript if you want, but the only instance of Sabretooth being given a name is when Wolverine meets Professor X:

PROFESSOR X: The man who attacked you is an associate of his [Magneto] called Sabretooth.

WOLVERINE: (scoffs) Sabretooth? Storm. What do they call you? Wheels? This is the stupidest thing I've ever heard.

He's not given a name in the credits either, though to be fair, only Logan/Wolverine is given both names in said credits.

Sabretooth in the ending credits

X-Men 2: The Movie Prequel #1 (2003)

In this comic tie-in to the movie, Wolverine travels to Alkali Lake and gets attacked by Sabretooth. While the two wrestle, Wolverine notices Sabretooth has got dog tags similar to his, so they go all buddy-buddy, and discuss their lost memories around a beer. Sabretooth reveals he thinks his name is Victor Creed.

"Creed, Victor Creed, least I think that's it"

This is confirmed later in the issue when Stryker also refers to Sabretooth as "Creed". Stryker is most likely to know his true identity for sure, as he experimented on him.

Stryker orders a goon to put Creed down

The following elements were less definite "hints" at Sabertooth being Victor Creed, written prior to my finding of above comic. I'm leaving them in this answer as they are still of value.

X-Men 2 (2003)

There might be a slight indication towards Sabretooth's civilian identity in X-Men 2, which obviously takes place in the same universe as the first movie. When Mystique logs into Stryker's computer, you can see this mutants' list at 1'15:

List of mutants with Victor Creed highlighted

The highlighted one reads "Creed, Victor". While no other information is given, it's not that big of a stretch to think the writers only considered one Sabretooth in this universe, who would then be the Victor Creed in Stryker's files. Indeed, the later Origins movie started to take shape in 2004, way after X-Men 2 was written and released.

Earlier versions of X-Men's script

It's worth underlining that in an earlier version of the script, Sabretooth was indeed referred to as Creed. Then again, this June 1994 script differs greatly from the final result.

Just imagine, though: at some point, Wolverine was hired to bring back a rogue Sabretooth, and the two of them met and fight in a high-class restaurant.

   
     Logan spots what he came for.  He walks.  One wall of the dining
     room is comprised of windows affording a spectacular view of the 
     HORSESHOE FALLS at night.  Logan reaches a table occupied by 
     Sabretooth.  These two hate each other lots.

                                  SABRETOOTH
                   Logan.  Grab a seat.  We need to talk.

                                  LOGAN
                           (sits, wary)
                   How's the mercenary business these days,
                   Creed?  Assassinate any good foreign
                   dignitaries lately?

                                  SABRETOOTH
                   Actually, I been monogamous for a while
                   now.  Working on a sort of a... crusade.

                                  LOGAN
                   Isn't that special?

     A WAITER approaches timidly.  He puts a plate down in front of 
     Sabretooth.  A completely raw steak, with garnish.

                                  WAITER
                   Your... um, steak, sir.

     The waiter splits.  Creed cuts the meat with a forefinger claw.

The name Creed disappears in a later version of the script (February 1999).

So are they the same person?

Unclear, but possible. When asked why he didn't reprise his role as Sabretooth for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Tyler Mane (who played Sabretooth in the first movie) replied to the Hollywood Reporter:

What exactly happened between X-Men and X-Men Origins: Wolverine that you did not reprise your role?

That was the producers’ decision. The storyline was them rising as brothers, and Liev [Schreiber] and Hugh look a lot closer in that respect, so I understand. I can’t say I wasn’t disappointed. I’d love to get my claws back into that role. But that’s Hollywood.

'X-Men': Original Sabretooth on Hugh Jackman's Legacy and Why He Didn't Return to the Franchise, Hollywood Reporter, March 17, 2017

Whether they were indeed the same character is blurry; while the movie's setting would try and make us think they are, X-Men Origins: Wolverine offered no explanation for what happened to Victor (especially, if he was dead), why he went blonde, etc, etc. The "Stryker experimented stuff on him" theory could hold, but I found no official confirmation for this.

To be honest, I think everybody is better off forgetting X-Men Origins: Wolverine ever happened.

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Yes he is. The X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a prequel to the X-Men films so yes his name is Victor Creed

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    And we have multiple characters with matched names throughout the timeline that clearly cannot be the same characters (Moira MacTaggart, Jubilee, and Deadpool all immediately come to mind). You'll notice that even IMDB simply lists Tyler Mane as "Sabretooth", not "Victor Creed". The fact that XMO:Wolverine is a prequel is not conclusive evidence here. – phantom42 Feb 9 '18 at 20:10
  • Deadpool was changed after the events in Days of Future Past and still played by Ryan Reynolds Tyler Mane's Sabretooth maybe has dropped his real name as he had been at it his killing spree for years. But still, even though he, Moira and Jubilee were played by different actors, it's still the same character – RJ B Feb 11 '18 at 17:52
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    Moira is a government agent in the 1960s and a genetic researcher in 2005-ish. It's quite unlikely they're the same character. Otherwise, she is somehow a 70+ year old in the body of a 40-something year old. Jubilee is a teenaged student in 1983 and the early 2000's. There is no way they are the same character. We've also got Angel who is both a 20-something year old in 1983 and the 2000's. Or how about Bolivar Trask who went from an old black guy to a white little-person? – phantom42 Feb 11 '18 at 19:50
  • Just looked up this article, thethings.com/…, so my apologies for not believing. It goes to show how long it's been since i've seen the pre-first class movies. Hey perhaps it's been long since the writers saw it also lol. Perhaps I was just so into the movies, i hardly noticed – RJ B Feb 12 '18 at 1:56

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