Name: Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock
Weight: 155 pounds
Group Affiliation: X-Men
Previous Affiliation: The Hand, the Brat Pack
First Appearance: New Mutants Annual #2 (n American comics)
Known Relatives: Brian Braddock (twin brother), Jamie Braddock (brother)
Known Allies: Warren Worthington III, Ororo Monrue, Doug Ramsey, Logan
Known Enemies: Mojo, Spiral, Slayback, Sabretooth
Powers: Psylocke has the mutant power of telepathy. This ability
allows her to transmit her thoughts to others and read the minds of
others. After she was transformed into an Asian, Betsy could no longer
attack her enemies minds with mental blasts. Instead, Elizabeth has
a psychic knife (which is the sum totality of her psychic powers)
that will instantly render an opponent out of commosion after Psylocke
has stabbed it through the opponent.
After her exposure to the Crimson Dawn, Psylocke has gained another
ability: the power to travel through the shadows. This talent is capable
of sending her great distances if necessary, since we have seen her
teleport from SoHo, New York to Magneto's lair in Antarctica.
Origin: Elizabeth Braddock is the twin of Brian Braddock, also known
as Brittanic, and daughter of a mutant mother and mystical father.
While they were both born mutants, their powers didn't manifest until
they wore special suits which brought out their powers. One of Captain
Britain's (Britannic) archenemies, Slayback, blinded Psylocke, who
bargined with Spiral and Mojo to implant bionic eyes. Whether Psylocke
was aware of it or not, Spiral used the bionic eyes as cameras to
the X-Men's dimension.
While skiing in Switzerland, Psylocke was ambushed by Mojo and Spiral,
who came to "acquire" Psylocke's skills to form the Brat
Pack. With her unwilling help, Mojo was able to capture most of the
New Mutants, including some other young mutants that had encountered
Longshot. However, only four young mutants were able to escape Mojo
(Cypher, Warlock and regressed versions of Magma and Captain Britain).
While Magma and Captain Britain delayed the Brat Pack, Cypher/Warlock
(working together as a gesthal) inflitrated Mojo's lair, where they
found a Mojo version of Betsy. In an attempt to break Mojo's control
over Psylocke, Cypher/Warlock linked with Psylocke (who found out
and pulled them into the psychic plane), where they found Spiral spinning
her deadly magicks. A chaos tornado made by Spiral tried to destroy
Elizabeth's mind, but Warlock spread a TO web to protect it. As Cypher
tried to save his comrades, Warlock pieced together Betsy's mind and
once the last piece was placed, Psylocke regained control. Sending
the New Mutants and the other mutants back to their homes, Psylocke
stayed with the New Mutants until she encountered the X-Men.
Psylocke joined the X-Men after helping them in the Morlock Tunnels.
She was the team's telepath (Phoenix was either dead or on X-Factor,
and Professor X was in Shi'ar space). Shortly after the Mutant Massacre,
Psylocke helped push Malice out of Rogue's body and into Storm's,
so the former Windrider coudl get rid of Malice. It was also part
of Psylocke's suggestion that drove the X-Men to plan to "kill"
themselves to protec their loved ones and friends from people like
the Marauders. After the "Fall of the Mutants", the X-Men
sacrificed themselves to defeat the Adversary, but Roma resurrected
them and gave them two gifts. The first gift was a gateway called
the Siege Polaris, which gave anybody who passed through it a second
chance at life, but they would be judged by a collection of supreme
beings. The second gift was the immunity to electronic objects (ex:
scanners, cameras, etc.). When they received this immunity, Psylocke
thought her bionic eyes no longer functioned as cameras, and thought
nothing of it afterward.
The X-Men settled in Australia, where Psylocke created a suti of armor
to protect herself in combat situations. It proved useful enoguh to
protect against an attack from Rogue and woudl prove itself again
in many more battles. Shortly after Inferno, a creatured called Nanny
invaded their Australian base and captured Havok, Dazzler and Psylocke.
In suits of armor similar to those of the Orphan Maker, the captured
X-Men were forced to fight Storm and Colossus. After Colossus released
them from their suits, Havok fired a plasma burst at Nanny's ship,
not knowing Storm was in that ship...or so we thought. Psylocke took
over as leader of the team and had the X-Men help Havok pick up Lorna
Dane (formerly the host for Malice). They were ambushed and Havok
& Polaris were captured by Zaladane's troops. Following them into
the Savage Land, Psylocke took off her armor in the middle of a combat
zone. She jumped into the water and was being pulled in the river
byu the undertow. Colossus grabbed her, but was being controlled by
the newly-powered Zaladane (Zaladane took Polaris' magnetic powers)
so he'd drown her.
Psylocke found herself in teh Outback, where Gateway showed her the
Siege Perilous. Having dire feelings, Psylocke discovered the only
hope of the X-Men's survival was going through the portal. Psylocke
found herself back in the real world (it was a big dream!) and was
under the control of the mutate, Wurm. With the help of the Savaage
Land natives, the X-Men were able to defeat Zaladane and rescue Havok
and Polaris (who had new powers now). Psylocke figured that as long
as the X-Men stayed in the Savage Land, they woudl not be forced to
go through the Siege. HOWEVER, Gateway plucked the four X-men (Havok,
Psylocke, Dazzler and Colossus) back ot eh Outback, where Psylocke
discovered the Reavers were coming to kill them. In order to save
the team, Psylocke mentally "commanded" the rest of the
X-Men to pass through the Siege Perilous.
Dazzler returned to the world with ammensia. Havok was brainwashed
and became a Genoshian Magistrate. Rogue, who passed through the Siege
Perilous after a battle with Master Mold, awoke to only have her original
mutant power. She was also rid of the Ms. Marvel persona. When Psylocke
entered the portal, she returned as the Asian master assassin, Lady
Mandarin. She was brainwashed by the Hand, but she broke out of their
control, and rejoined the X-Men. However, Elizabeth was not as powerful
as she was before she entered the Siege Perilous. Some of her power
was transferred to Revanche (Kwannon in Betsy's original body), to
heal her fractured mind. Spiral returned after Revanche died of the
Legacy Virus, and revealed that parts of the two's minds were switched
during the healing process. However, when Psylocke returned to Matsuo
(Kwannon's former lover), he told her that Revanche was dead, and
he gave her back all the memories that were Betsy's and took back
all of Kwannon's memories. Matsuo also restored Elizabeth to full
power. Since then, Betsy and Archangel have had a personal relationship.
During "Legion Quest", Legion took Storm, Bishop, Iceman,
and Psylocke back twenty years, to where he was going to kill Magneto.
After Cable restored their memories, the four tried to stop Legion,
who accidently killed Xavier. Thus began the "Age of Apocalypse".
When the timeline was restored, Psylocke was brutally attacked by
Sabretooth. Archangel,Wolverine, and Dr. Strange searched for the
Crimson Dawn, which was the only thing that would save Elizabeth.
They achieved their goal, and saved Betsy, who awoke with a mark on
her face. After the Onslaught storyline, Psylocke discovered she had
gained the ability to teleport throught the shadows. However, the
Crimson Dawn has brought new enemies and a fear of what Betsy is becoming.
What she was becoming was an undercloak. The Crimson Dawn wanted payment
for hte life force that was taken, and Betsy's soul was that payment.
Angel and Gorumm were able to stop the new Proctor from foreclosing
on Betsy's soul. When they returned to SoHo, Psylocke faced Maggott
and after defeating him, teleported herself, Maggott and Angel to
Antarctica, where htey faced Erik the Red and conducted the TRIAL
OF GAMBIT! It was there that Angel discovered that Psylocke knew abou
the Maruaders (which was silly cause we knew that and when she found
out was AFTER Angel lost his wings...strange). Angel wasn't too happy
to find this out. After the trial, Psylocke was called by Storm to
take her to Africa to help Ainet. The Shadow King awaited and used
Psylocke's self doubts (about being redundant, useless, incapable
of helping her friends) against her. In a final lash of anger, Psylocke
triggered a massive psi-bomb that eliminated all telepaths' telepathy.
Psylocke was able to stop the Shadow King by using her Crimson Dawn
abilities, which had applied in new ways (Psylocke's psi-self is now
as black as shadow). To keep the Shadow King locked away, Betsy shut
down her telepathy (it was available since she was the trigger of
the pulse). The last we saw of Elizabeth was at Brian Braddock and
Meggan's wedding, where they wished the lovers good luck.