Real Name: Elizabeth (Betsy) Braddock
First Appearance: As Elizabeth Braddock (Only in UK): Captain Britain #8 (December, 1976)
First Appearance in U.S.A.: New Mutants Annual #2 (October, 1986)
First Appearance as Psylocke: Uncanny X-Men #213 (January, 1987)
Powers: Telepathy, Telekinesis, Force Fields, Telekinetic Weapons, Telepathic Tracking, Psionic Knife, Mind Control, Astral Projections
Affiliation: X-Men, X-Force, Horsemen of Apocalypse, X-treme X-Men,
Enemies: X-Men Enemies
Love Interests: Angel (Warren Worthington III), Tom Lennox, Thunderbird 2, Phantom X, Cable
Did You Know: The name Psylocke is actually a pun. It refers to the opening of a ‘Psy’- Lock. You would need a ‘Psy’-Key to do it. Psylocke is a psyche. She opens the lock of the mind because she is the key.
A Little History
First and foremost, you should know that it is my opinion that the writers at Marvel had ZERO idea what they wanted when they created Psylocke.
She started out as an English woman with blonde hair and transformed over time into an Asian woman with purple hair.
Yes, you read that right.
Psylocke has an interesting and convoluted history with many plot twists that weren’t needed, so I will do my best to decipher it for you.
Her real named was Elizabeth “Betsy” Braddock. No, not Bessy like a cow, …Betsy.
She is the sister to Brian Braddock (Captain Britain) and early on in her history she left home only to return as a member of S.T.R.I.K.E, If you are wondering, S.T.R.I.K.E. is the United Kingdom Version of S.H.I.E.L.D. S.T.R.I.K.E is an organization that deals primarily with superhuman threats, or in plain terms, anybody not normal in the comics.
As mentioned, she is the sister of the more popular (at the time) Captain Britain. Brian, needing a vacation, leaves town for a while and while away, Betsy takes up the mantle of Captain Britain.
Now, I’m not saying she was a terrible version of Captain Britain, but she was nearly beaten to death by a guy named Slaymaster…yes…Slaymaster.
Luckily for her, Brian and her share a telepathic link and he was able to see she was in defeat. He returned just in time to save her.
As a consequence of this battle, Betsy, much like Daredevil, would be blinded.
Again, luckily for her, she has telepathy as one of her mutant powers,which enables her to see through the eyes of others.
Are you still with me?
There is a foul (and useless) creature in the Marvel Universe named Mojo. Mojo’s main role is to create entertaining ‘television’ for the people of the world he lives on and to get the entertainment, he watches the people of Earth to figure out who would be most suited for his program.
In summary, he is a stalker and should go to jail.
Mojo determines that he must have Psylocke for his show after seeing her powers.
He captures her, which again is lucky for her. You see, while in his ‘care’, he replaces her eyes with robot eyes.
Eventually, she would be brought back to Earth.
All would go well for Betsy for a while until she was taken through a trans-dimensional warp called the Siege Perilous. During the trip, she would lose her memory.
Seeing the opportunity, an organization called The Hand (Daredevil and Elektra) takes her, brainwashes her and alters her physical form (this is where she drops the English, blonde hair thing and she becomes Asian with the purple hair). They also called her Lady Mandarin.
It was during her time with The Hand, that Psylocke was able to summon her psychic knife for the first time.
Bare with me, it is about to get kind of weird (as though it hasn’t already).
The Hand wound up swapping her mind with an Asian Psychic named Kwannan. She (now Kwannan) returned home in Betsy’s old body and called herself Revanche. Both Revanche and Psylocke were members of the super team, X-Men.
Sadly, Revanche caught the Legacy Virus (Cancer). To help Psylocke out, the leader of The Hand, killed Revanche, thus restoring Betsy’s long lost mind/soul into her former body.
Luckily for her Revanche was a ninja and Betsy got to keep her ninja skills.
In summary, Psylocke is a part of two bodies and one soul.
Later on in life, while all seemed well, Psylocke found herself nearly killed in a battle with Sabretooth. In fact, he would have if not for a liquid known as the Crimson Dawn.
Long story short, she gained the abilities of telekinesis and could teleport through shadows…
Lucky one more time.
Just like every other character in the comics, Betsy does, in fact, end up dying. She would be killed by the hand of a guy named Vargas.
Luckily for her, she was brought back to life by her brother. No, not Brian. This time, it was Jamie (who can warp reality).
And if you are still around, that is Psylocke in a nutshell.
- Starts British
- Sister to Brian Braddock (Captain Britain)
- Takes up mantle of Captain Britain for a while
- Loses eyesight in battle with Slaymaster
- Kidnapped by Mojo and given robot eyes
- Taken by The Hand and turned into Lady Mandarin
- Gains a crap load of new powers
- Has a stunt double for a while
- Brought back to life
- EXTREMELY LUCKY