Real name: Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock
(former) Captain Britain II, Lady Mandarin
Occupation: (current) Adventurer, (former)
Fashion model, operative for S.T.R.I.K.E. Psi Division, (as Lady Mandarin) Assassin
Legal status: Subject of the
United Kingdom with no criminal record
Place of birth: Braddock Manor, England
Marital status: Single
Known relatives: James Braddock, Sr. (father, deceased), Elizabeth Braddock (mother, deceased), Brian Braddock
(Captain Britain, brother), James "Jamie" Braddock, Jr. (brother)
Base of operations:
The Xavier Institute, Salem Center, Westchester County, New York State, (former) Braddock Manor, England;
X-Men headquarters, Australian outback
Group affiliation: X-Men, (former) S.T.R.I.K.E. Psi Division (British division of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
First appearance: (U. K.) CAPTAIN BRITAIN (Vol. 1) #8, (U. S.) NEW MUTANTS
History: Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock is the daughter of Dr. James Braddock, who was once a denizen
of Otherworld, an other-dimensional realm. A being who called himself Merlin (but who may not actually be the wizard of Arthurian
legend) sent Braddock to Earth to father the champion who would be known as Captain Britain.
Living in England, Dr.
Braddock became one of the United Kingdom's leading research scientists. He married a woman named Elizabeth and they bought
the mansion they renamed Braddock Manor. There Dr. Braddock created a highly advanced computer complex called Mastermind (which
is not to be confused with the two mutants of the same name).
Dr. and Mrs. Braddock's three children, the eldest, Jamie, and the twins, Brian and Elizabeth (nicknamed
"Betsy"), inherited genes from their father that endowed them with superhuman powers. The children's powers, however, remained
latent for many years.
Dr. and Mrs. Braddock were killed in an explosion in Dr. Braddock's laboratory at Braddock
Manor that was caused by the malfunctioning computer Mastermind.
Brian Braddock eventually became the costumed champion
known as Captain Britain. Betsy developed the psychic ability which she used in the service of S.T.R.I.K.E., a British division
of the international law enforcement agency S.H.I.E.L.D. Betsy also developed a highly successful career as a fashion model.
She knew of Brian's double identity, and the two siblings took up residence in Braddock Manor.
Members of a British
government agency called R.C.X., knowing that Brian Braddock was Captain Britain, attempted to recruit him to work with them.
Refusing to be exploited by the government, Brian Braddock gave up the role of Captain Britain. The R.C.X. agents then persuaded
Betsy to become the new Captain Britain, working with them. Betsy used a costume taken from an otherdimensional counterpart
of Brian, which magnified her strength to superhuman levels when she wore it and enabled her to fly. Another other-dimensional
hero, Captain UK, trained Betsy to become a crimefighter, and the two acted as partners on missions together for many weeks.
Finally, Betsy launched her solo career as the new Captain Britain, which came to a quick end when she went into battle
against two of the original Captain Britain's arch foes, the Vixen and Slaymaster. Wearing a battle suit that amplified his
own strength, Slaymaster savagely beat Betsy nearly to death and blinded her. Sensing her telepathic cries of agony, Brian
Braddock rushed to his sister's rescue and fought and killed Slaymaster. Realizing he could not forsake his responsibilities,
Brian resumed his role as Captain Britain.
Betsy went to Switzerland to recuperate. While there she was taken prisoner
by the other-dimensional creature known as Mojo. Mojo took control of Betsy and gave her new, artificial eyes, thereby restoring
her sight. Betsy was rescued through the intervention of the New Mutants, a team of adolescent mutants. Having regained her
free will, Betsy chose to remain at the New Mutants' home, Professor Charles Xavier's mansion in Westchester County, New York,
which also served as the secret headquarters of the mutant adventurers called the X-Men.
Betsy proved her courage
to the X-Men by resisting the attack of their enemy Sabretooth when he broke into the mansion. As a result she was accepted
into the ranks of the X-Men, becoming a costumed adventurer once more under the code name Psylocke.
was captured by the crime lord Matsu'o Tsurayaba. Seeking to save the life of his lover, the female assassin Kwannon, Tsurayaba
oversaw a process through which the minds of Kwannon and the X-Man Psylocke switched bodies. In the process Kwannon's mind
melded with that of Psylocke, endowing each of them with the same memories and telepathic abilities. Tsurayaba brainwashed
Psylocke and turned her over to one of Earth's most dangerous men, the Mandarin. Under the name of Lady Mandarin, Psylocke
briefly served the Mandarin, but ultimately Psylocke regained her free will and returned to the X-Men.
in Psylocke's body, became an ally of the X-Men, calling herself Revanche. For a time there was confusion among the X-Men
as to who was the "real" Betsy Braddock. Finally, Revanche learned that she was dying from the Legacy Virus and had Tsurayaba
kill her. Thus Betsy's original body died, but she lived on as Psylocke in Kwannon's original body.
and her fellow X-Man, Angel, have fallen in love with each other. Psylocke was nearly killed by Sabretooth, but was healed
by magical forces from a mystical dimension called the Crimson Dawn. However, Kuragari, a sinister being who had conquered
the Crimson Dawn, attempted to corrupt Psylocke's personality through a mystical ring. Kuragari planned to make Psylocke his
queen and through her father a genetically powerful bloodline. However, together Angel and Psylocke thwarted Kuragari, and
Psylocke's mind is now free of Kuragari's influence.
A life-saving encounter with the other-dimensional energy source called the Crimson
Dawn resulted in a more subtle, though no less meaningful, metamorphosis. Psylocke's fighting skills and telepathic talents
were enhanced, and she acquired the ability to transport herself and others through shadows, as well as become one with the
shadows. Also, the mark of the Crimson Dawn, a blade-like, red tattoo, appeared over her left eye. Betsy later sacrificed
her psychic powers to forever imprison the telepathic criminal called the Shadow King in her astral shadow form, but subsequently
acquired a range of telekinetic abilities.
Soon after, Betsy left Xavier's mansion with a small strike force of fellow X-Men
in search of the diaries of the blind mutant seer known as Destiny, which map out human history for the next thousand years.
While in Valencia, Spain, the team was captured by the Action Force of the Guardia Civil, that country's national police.
Subjected to a battery of tests, the X-Men were released into a technologically fortified maze to gauge the their fighting
abilities and mutant powers. Psylocke, the blue-furred Beast and the ability-absorbing Rogue found them selves in the headquarters'
control center, separated from their teammates. There, they encountered Vargas, a criminal claiming to be the first manifestation
of the next authentic generation of humanity, the pure and legitimate Homo sapiens superior. Her teammates wounded, Betsy
engaged her opponent in a duel to the death, which ended when Vargas speared his sword through her abdomen. Psylocke's sudden
demise left her teammates, and her lover, Thunderbird III, to balance the scales and complete the quest for Destiny's missing
Height: (both bodies) 5 ft. 11 in.
Weight: (both bodies) 155 lbs.
body) Violet, (current body) Blue
Hair: (original body) Blonde, (current body) Black (dyed purple)
distinguishing features: Red tattoo over her left eye
Strength level: Psylocke possesses the normal human strength
of a woman of her age, height, and build who engages in intensive regular exercise.
Known superhuman powers:
Psylocke possesses many telepathic abilities, enabling her to read minds, communicate mentally with others over long distances,
stun the minds of others with "mental bolts," control the minds of others, and create illusions in the minds of others. Psylocke
can intensely focus her psionic powers into her "psychic knife," with which she can stun or kill an adversary.
abilities: Psylocke is highly skilled in Far Eastern martial arts.