Character Highlight #23: Pyslocke

Name: Eliz­a­beth Braddock

Alias: Betsy, Betts, Kwan­non, Lady Man­darin, Cap­tain Britain, Lady Briton, Death

Affil­i­a­tion: X-Men, Cap­tain Britain Corps, X-Force, S.T.R.I.K.E., Extinc­tion Team, the Man­darin, Sis­ter­hood of Mutants, Exiles, Hand, Hell­fire Club, Horse­men of the Apoc­a­lypse, X.S.E.

Spe­cial abil­i­ties: Psy­locke is an Omega-level mutant who has the abil­ity to gen­er­ate psionic weapons with her mind. She is a near-Omega-level telepath who can use telekine­sis, telepa­thy pre­cog­ni­tion and tele­por­ta­tion. She is capa­ble of gen­er­at­ing shields and flight.

Back­ground: Psy­locke started life as the daugh­ter of Oth­er­world res­i­dent Dr. James Brad­dock, who fathered three chil­dren on Earth. She grew up with latent mutant pow­ers as a telepath, which were unlocked after a bat­tle at Brad­dock Manor with Dr. Synne. After this, Psy­locke became a model and encoun­tered S.T.R.I.K.E, the British ver­sion of S.H.I.E.L.D. Through them, she learned to har­ness her pow­ers and strengthen her­self. She later became a ver­sion of her brother’s super­pow­ered iden­tity, Cap­tain Britain. While using this iden­tity, the vil­lain known as Slay­mas­ter beat and blinded her. She regained her eye­sight when vil­lains Mojo and Spi­ral abducted her and gave her cyber­netic eyes. With these eyes, she was used to spy on the X-Men for Mojo. After the defeat of Mojo, the Mor­locks were mas­sa­cred by the Maraud­ers and she helped those who sur­vived. After the bat­tle to avenge the Mor­locks, Psy­locke was invited to join the X-Men in a full-time capac­ity and she accepted. In her later adven­tures with the X-Men, she was forcibly switched from her body to assas­sin Kwannon’s body by Kwannon’s lover, crime lord Mats’uo Tsurayaba. Kwan­non, in Psylocke’s orig­i­nal body call­ing her­self Revanche, then devel­oped the Legacy Virus and died. Psy­locke has remained in Kwannon’s body. She has bat­tled the Crim­son Dawn and gained new pow­ers, such as the abil­ity to fuse with the shad­ows and travel with them. Through con­tact with Jean Grey, her pow­ers were mag­ni­fied on a cos­mic level to reach Omega status.

Rela­tion­ships: Brian Brad­dock (Cap­tain Britain), brother; James Brad­dock Jr., brother; War­ren Wor­thing­ton III (Angel/Archangel), lover; Nathan Christo­pher Sum­mers (Cable), lover; Tom Lennox, lover; Agent Michael (alias), lover; Neal Shaara (Thun­der­bird), lover; Vic­tor Creed (Sabre­tooth), lover; Fan­tomex, lover; Clus­ter, lover.

First Ver­sus appear­ance: Mar­vel vs. Cap­com (char­ac­ter assist)

Appear­ances in other media: X-Men II: The Fall of the Mutants (video game), X-Men: Mutant Apoc­a­lypse (video game), X-Men 2: Clone Wars (video game), X-Men: Chil­dren of the Atom (video game), Mar­vel Super Heroes (video game), Mar­vel vs. Cap­com 2: New Age of Heroes (video game), X-Men: Mutant Acad­emy 2 (video game), X-Men: Next Dimen­sion (video game), X-Men Leg­ends (video game), Mar­vel: Ulti­mate Alliance (video game), Mar­vel: Ulti­mate Alliance 2 (video game), Mar­vel Super Hero Squad Online (video game), Mar­vel: Avengers Alliance (video game), Lego Mar­vel Super Heroes (video game), Mar­vel Heroes (video game), Mar­vel: War of Heroes (video game), Mar­vel Puz­zle Quest: Dark Reign (video game), X-Men: Bat­tle of the Atom (video game), X-Men: The Rav­ages of Apoc­a­lypse (video game), X-Men: The Last Stand (film), X-Men: Apoc­a­lypse (film), X-Men: The Ani­mated Series (tele­vi­sion), Wolver­ine and the X-Men (television)

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