Betsy Braddock

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Psylocke in Astonishing X-Men v4 #1.

Psylocke is a female comic superhero that features in Marvel Comics.

Contents

Biography

Origin

Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock

X-Men

Transformation

Resurrection

X-Force

She resumed her relationship with Warren Worthington III with the two being a couple once more as they formed a new incarnation of X-Force alongside Wolverine who brought in Fantomex onto the team whilst Angel had hired Deadpool. (Wolverine: Road to Hell v1 #1) Elizabeth was also helping Warren in controlling the ruthless Archangel persona that was embedded in Worthington and keeping it under control. (Uncanny X-Force v1 #1) The teams first assignment was to infiltrate a Clan Akkaba stronghold after they received reports that the secret society had resurrected Apocalypse in the form of a clone. (Uncanny X-Force v1 #2) This led to the teams confrontation with the Final Horsemen who were the boys protectors. (Uncanny X-Force v1 #3) She was abducted by the Horseman War who had been smitten with Psylocke due to the mental misdirections of Fantomex which she used as an opportunity to render him unconscious. Elizabeth then entered into the chambers of Apocalypse to kill her target only to discover that he was a young boy currently whereupon she intended to take him away so he could be raised differently. Thus, she opposed her fellow X-Force members that had come to assassinate the child. This resulted in her fighting against Warren who intended to kill the boy as he believed the child was destined to become Apocalypse once more. During the fight, he managed to overpower Wolverine and Psylocke where he nearly killed the child but relented as he saw the horror in the act he was about to commit. The team then decided to take the boy away to be raised elsewhere but whilst their attention was diverted the young En Sabah Nur was shot in the head and killed by Fantomex. X-Force then quickly departed the Ship as it was making a matter transport to another site. (Uncanny X-Force v1 #4)

From the Life Seed in his body came a new being born in the place of Warren Worthington III named Angel who had no memory of his predecessor. Betsy came to struggle in her encounters with him as she knew Warren was dead but came to see his body still animated by a new soul. (Uncanny X-Force v1 #19)

ResurrXion

Whilst her mind was trapped inside Sapphire Styx, Betsy came upon the various souls the supervillain had absorbed with one being a lingering trace of Logan. Once there, she managed to rally the energies of the people she had consumed alongside Logan's to shatter her foes body and molecularly reforge her own which she did in her original form. (Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor v1 #4)

House of X

Coming to terms with her life, she began to abandon her life as Psylocke and looked to settle on Krakoa. Once there, she learnt that her brother Jamie had been resurrected with him content to remain in the Mutant nation developing there. Around this time, she was informed of a crisis occurring in Otherworld around a Krakoan gateway that sprouted in that realm. Betsy accompanied her brother Brian Braddock to investigate where the learnt Morgan le Fay ruled the lands as Regent-Queen where she saw the Krakoan gateway as a defilement of her realm. Thus, she declared war on Mutants and magically controlled Brian Braddock to turn against his sister. Before being sent away from Otherworld, Betsy was given the Amulet of Right by Brian thus transforming her into the new Captain Britain. (Excalibur v4 #1)

Overview

Personality and attributes

She began to abandon the name Psylocke after returning to her original body. (Excalibur v4 #1)

Powers and abilities

Elizabeth Braddock in Astonishing X-Men v4 #1.

She began to experiment in testing the limits of her new powers as she was shown to be capable of manifesting telekinetic shields and swords for use in fights. (Uncanny X-Men v5 #1)

Notes

  • Psylocke was created by Chris Claremont and Herb Trimpe where she made her first appearance in Captain Britain v1 #8 (December, 1976).
  • Writer Chris Claremont noted that, "So—the idea was to put everything back the way we found it, originally. But then, looking at what Jim had created—visually—she looked so cool. “Heck it, we can fix it later.” I mean, Jim, Jim will be around for three years, and then we’ll get a new artist and we’ll fix it. In the meantime—let’s go with it! And see what happens. See where it leads. Sometimes you have a plan, sometimes you have an inspiration. The one thing I didn’t consider anywhere in this equation was “What if I’m the one to go, and not Jim."
  • Writer Chris Yost commented on her powerset being, "She's not shadow melding, she's maybe a little telekinetic. She's got high level telepathy, which she can focus into a psychic knife. She's got the muscle memory of being a bad-ass ninja assassin, so she can move, knows martial arts, and is lethal with a katana. That's it."
  • Rick Remender stated on X-Position that the character was, "Burgeoning Omega-level telepath and stealthy ninja. I see Betsy as having telepathic abilities akin to Jean Grey’s prior to the Phoenix merger, with the ninja skills of a high Hand operative. That is it."

Alternate Versions

In other media

Television

  • In X-Men, Psylocke appeared in the fourth season of the animated television series where she was voiced by actor Tasha Simms.
  • In Wolverine and the X-Men, Psylocke appeared as a minor antagonist in the animated television series episode "Time Bomb" where she was voiced by actor Grey DeLisle.

Films

  • In X2: X-Men United, Psylocke was referenced in the 2003 live-action film.
  • In X-Men: The Last Stand, Psylocke appeared as a minor antagonist in the 2006 live-action film where she was portrayed by actress Meiling Melançon.
  • In X-Men: Apocalypse, Psylocke appeared in the 2016 live-action film where she was portrayed by actor Olivia Munn.

Video games

  • In Marvel Heroes, Psylocke appeared as a playable character in the MMORPG video game.
  • In Marvel: Contest of Champions, Psylocke appeared as a playable character in the mobile video game.

Appearances

  • Captain Britain:
  • X-Men:
  • Psylocke:
  • Uncanny X-Force:
  • X-Men:
  • Astonishing X-Men:
  • Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor v1:
  • Uncanny X-Men v5:
  • Excalibur v5:

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