Character Overview

Gender: Female

Orientation: Bisexual

Publisher: Marvel

Character Type: Primary

Alignment: Good

AKA: Captain Britain, Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock

Character Details

Summary: Also known as Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock, Psylocke is a mutant telepath who has fought alongside the X-Men, X-Force, and Excalibur. Currently, Psylocke's telepathic power is comparable to that of Professor Xavier. Early in her character's arc, Betsy's body was switched with that of a ninja assassin named Kwannon. For decades, she lived with the knowledge that her consciousness was trapped in another woman's body. However, during the most  recent X-Men run ("Dawn of X"), Betsy regained her original body and began using the name "Captain Britain" as her alias. Writing for Comics Alliance, Andrew Wheeler acknowledges that, "the racial and imperialist implications of Betsy Braddock's transformation from white Englishwoman to Asian ninja are incredibly unfortunate" but notes that "like Nightcrawler she is a powerful example of a character embracing a non-conforming identity, and like Storm or Beast, she shows the strength that can come from reinvention." Canonically bisexual, Psylocke has had relationships with men (e.g. Archangel and Fantomex) and women (e.g., Cluster) throughout her career.

Database Links: Marvel Wiki, Wikipedia, X-Men Wiki

Important Issues: In Uncanny X-Men #251, when the X-Men flee through a magic portal called "Siege Perilous," Psylocke's mind is switched into the body of a Japanese assassin named Kwannon.

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