Marvel 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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Psylocke

Psylocke

Betsy Braddock wasn’t born Japanese. No, that didn’t happen until she switched bodies with Kwannon, a Japanese assassin. Braddock’s original body was compromised by the Legacy Virus, and Kwannon died. The six-armed mutant Spiral the cause of the mind switch to start with, and whenever Spiral is involved, things never end the way they’re supposed to.

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Doctor Light

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Silver Samurai

Silver Samurai

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Naiad

Naiad

In her human life, Naiad was a protestor in Alaska that was set on fire and killed. After that, she became a powerful elemental force in the DC universe. Not too much can be said about someone who’s basically a part of nature itself. She makes waves wherever she wants. Sea what we did there?

Sunfire

Sunfire

Shiro Yashida comes from the same clan as the Silver Samurai, but is significantly less criminally inclined. He’s neutral, though the fact that he can generate plasma from his body and was listed as one of the “Legendary Twelve” mutants (as an elemental) is important enough that his presence is necessary in quite a few fights. Most of the time, however, he chooses not to get involved in the X-Men’s affairs despite being a member.