Psylocke in Video Games
Psylocke first appeared in video gaming in the 1990 role-playing game X-Men II: The Fall of the Mutants for the PC, featured as a player character in her original body.
She makes an appearance as the final playable character in the 2004 action role-playing game X-Men Legends for the Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox, again voiced by Masasa Moyo. In the game, Psylocke is rescued by the team after Sentinels attack her during a riot in New York City. She later meets new team member Alison Crestmere (Magma) in the day room and joins the team to help the X-Men save Professor X from Shadow King on the Astral Plane.
Psylocke makes an appearance in the 2006 action role-playing game Marvel: Ultimate Alliance for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox and Xbox 360 as a miniboss, voiced by Kim Mai Guest. After being among the many superheroes who tried to stop Doctor Doom, he transformed them into evil versions of themselves after he stole Odin's power and began corrupting the Earth. Psylocke teams up with Cyclops and, when defeated, gives the Crimson Dawn item.
She is a playable character *in the 2009 action role-playing game Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 in the Wii, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable versions of the game, voiced by Kimberly Brooks. Psylocke is also available as a downloadable character for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game. Her default costume is an updated version of her classic 1990s ninja uniform with the Crimson Dawn mark over her eye. Her alternate costume is the costume she wears in the House of M storyline. Her powerset includes telekinesis as well as mastery of martial arts and swordplay. She fits under several team bonuses including X-Men and Femme Fatale.
Psylocke is a playable character in the 2011 PC and Macintosh massively multiplayer online role-playing game Marvel Super Hero Squad Online.
She is a non-player character in the 1991 action game Wolverine for the NES.
Psylocke is the only female playable character in the 1994 action game X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse for the SNES.
She is one of the main playable characters and the sole female in the 1995 action game X-Men 2: Clone Wars for the Sega Genesis. Her psychic knife is her special attack, and also carries a katana. As a nod to her ninja training, she can cling to walls. According to GameSpot, "Psylocke's sai could damage humans and robots, while her psyonic blade was useless against anything metallic."
Psylocke was one of the four player characters in the canceled Sega action game X-Women, which was planned to be released for the Genesis in 1996.
Psylocke appears as a player character in the 1994 arcade, Sega Saturn, Sony PlayStation and PC fighting game X-Men: Children of the Atom.
She is the only female character in the 1995 arcade, PlayStation and Saturn fighting game Marvel Super Heroes (not counting Anita from the Darkstalkers series, a secret character available only in the Japanese Saturn version).
Psylocke is featured as a special assistance summon character in the 1997 arcade, PlayStation and Sega Dreamcast fighting game Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes. Eventually, she became a playable character in the multiplatform sequel Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes in 2000.
She is an unlockable player character in the 2001 fighting game X-Men: Mutant Academy 2 for the PlayStation.
Psylocke is a playable character in the 2002 fighting game X-Men: Next Dimension for the Gamecube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox, voiced by Masasa. She can use her powers to form a "psychic dagger" and relies on her high speed and agility, using quick kick and punch combinations, which take advantage of her psychic knife, and fast evasion moves.
All Psylocke games
- X-Men 2: Fall of the Mutants (1990): Playable character in her original British body.
- Wolverine (1991): Non playable character but is available for backup.
- X-Men: Children of the Atom (1994): Playable character.
- Wolverine: Adamantium Rage (1994): Appears only as a "Passworld character".
- X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse (1995): Playable character.
- X-Men 2: Clone Wars (1995): Playable character.
- Marvel Super Heroes (1995): Playable character.
- X-Men vs. Street Fighter (1997): Cameo in Cammy's ending.
- Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes (1998): Support character.
- Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes (2000): Playable character.
- X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse (2001): Psylocke appears as one of the "bosses" of the game. It is possible to play with her, through using the "Game Shark" codes.
- X-Men: Mutant Academy 2 (2001): Playable character.
- X-Men: Next Dimension (2002): Playable character.
- X-Men Legends (2004): Playable character.
- Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (2006): Cameo in story mode. Sub-boss as 'Dark Psylocke'.
- Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (2009): Originally an exclusive character to the Wii, PSP and Ps2 versions. Psylocke was made available to the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 as downloadable content via there respective markets. Although both versions are very different.
- Marvel Pinball (2011): Present in X-Men table.
- Super Hero Squad Online (2011): Psylocke is playable in the MMORPG.
Psylocke in Comics
Psylocke made her first appearance in Captain Britain #8, a Marvel UK publication, in December 1976 and was created byChris Claremont. She made her U.S. comics debut just under a decade later, in October 1986's New Mutants Annual #2.
The daughter of Sir James Braddock, a citizen of Otherworld, Elizabeth Braddock is used to inter-dimensional travel. The sister of the powerful reality altering mutant Jamie Braddock and twin to the United Kingdom's premier superhero Brian Braddock (Captain Britain), Elizabeth has been living the superhero life since her teenage years. Originally a charter pilot, Betsy took-up a modeling career, until her telepathic powers emerged and she joined S.T.R.I.K.E., the the U.K.'s equivalent of the U.N.'s S.H.I.E.L.D.. After killing an alternate reality version of her twin brother, Kaptain Briton, Betsy used his suit and briefly became Captain Britain. After the assassin Slaymaster brutally beat and blinded Betsy, she was kidnapped by Spiral and Mojo and surgically given artificial eyes, restoring her sight. Naming her Psylocke, Betsy was freed from Mojo's mental control, by the New Mutants and, after fending-off and attack by Sabretooth, joined the X-Men, where she fought for the peaceful coexistence of mutants and humans. Betsy's life was changed forever after crime lord Mats'uo Tsurayaba captured her and switched her mind with the mind of his lover, Kwannon. Betsy was brainwashed into become the Lady Mandarin and learned the art of ninjitsu, but regained her free will and rejoined the X-Men. After starting a long-standing relationship with teammate Warren Worthington III, Betsy was attacked, by Sabretooth, and Warren used the Crimson Dawn to heal her, giving her a new set of powers to teleport in shadows and distancing her relationship with Warren. With her powers switching from telepathy to telekinesis, Betsy eventually joined the splinter group, X-Treme X-Men, while searching for the future-telling Destiny's diaries and was murdered by Vargas. After being resurrected by her brother Jamie, Betsy rejoined the X-Men, briefly joined the Exiles and Excalibur, and returned to the X-Men, while secretly joining the assassin squad of X-Men X-Force, renewing her relationship with Warren.
Psylocke has gone through different types of powers during her lifetime and she has lost her original powers, gained new powers, and improved old powers.
Original Power Set
In her original "British" body, Psylocke had vast psionic powers which, at that time, rivaled other high level psychic mutants.
Basic abilities: mind-control, illusion projection, reading and projecting thoughts over long distances, controlling and suppressing others powers, projecting herself & others into the astral plane
Psychic Scanning: She was able to psychically scan vast distances to learn the status, condition or intentions of others.
Psi-Bolts: bolts of pure psychic energy that can stun, injure or kill.
Psycho-Blast: Using a unique ability all her own, Psylocke could shoot a focused beam of telepathic energy at an opponent, knocking them physically while attacking them mentally. This blast was powerful enough to pierce the psi-proof helmet of Juggernaut, a feat Professor X couldn't accomplish upon his first encounter. She also used this ability in an early encounter with Sabretooth, which earned her a place on the team.
Precognitive Powers: This was her original power before it developed into telepathy. She could randomly and infrequently perceive visions of future events.
Butterfly Effect: When using her powers, a butterfly shaped aura would appear around her face. When in her astral form, she would take the form of her butterfly aura sometimes depicted with eyes within its wings.
After Psylocke's soul was transferred into Kwannon's (later Revanche) body, which became permanent after Revanche's death, Psylocke's powers changed considerably.
Psychic Knife - This was all of her telepathic powers focused into her hand (she called this weapon "the focused totality of her telepathic might"). With the "knife", Psylocke could excite the pain receptors in her opponents and while not actually damaging tissue, the knife could cause her victims to become stunned, or even killed depending on the amount of power she used. When stabbed in the head of an enemy (or a friend), the knife allowed Psylocke to read the thoughts of her opponent and in some cases become connected to them.
Martial Arts - Psylocke also gained much of Kwannon's knowledge became a master in Martial Arts and ninjitsu. Using her new found fighting skills, the brainwashed Psylocke briefly became Lady Mandarin, the Mandarin's head assassin.
Her changed body effected her telepathic powers as well. Her telepathy was halved until Revanche died, giving full use of telepathy to one mind/body, and she was not seen using her psychoblast, usually opting instead to use force.
Psylocke gained new abilities when she used the Crimson Dawn's healing liquid. It gave her the red dagger tattoo on her left eye and allowed her to hide and teleport through shadows. During a fight with the Shadow King, she appeared to have been killed on the Astral Plane, but the Crimson Dawn allowed her to come back in a shadow like astral form. She gained the ability to hide her allies in shadows as well.
Psylocke lost the ability to use her telepathy in order to keep the Shadow King imprisoned. She focused all her telepathy to keep him contained. When Jean tried to help her, it caused Jean to give Psylocke telekinesis.
Gained Abilities Included:
- Shadow Teleportation
- Shadow Stealth
- Shadow Astral Form
- Telekinesis (Gained from Phoenix)
- Psychic Katana
However, she later lost the use of her telepathy. Since she had trapped the Shadow King, if she used her telepathy again it would also free the Shadow King once more.
- Telepathy (After imprisoning the Shadow King)
When Psylocke enters the Astral Plane she can take on any appearance she wants. After her Asian transformation, her Astral Form was a toned down version of her Lady Mandarin outfit. Later after her Crimson Dawn transformation, Psylocke had a shadow Astral Form, something she used to her advantage during her battle with the Shadow King. After she was resurrected, it's unknown what shape her Astral Form takes, but it could be anything her imagination can stretch to. In a recent battle with the Shadow King, while on a mission with Uncanny X-Force, Psylocke's astral form took on the appearance of her Lady Mandarin armor.
When Psylocke was resurrected again by her brother, Jaimie Braddock, she lost her Crimson Dawn tattoo and the powers that came with it. Her other powers, however, were drastically improved. Jamie also altered her mind so that it was impenetrable to manipulation of any kind, which also had the side effect of making telepathy a useless way of communication. Psylocke has become immune to psionic and mental manipulation including telepathic communication, invisible to all forms of electronic detection, and also resistant to the effects of reality manipulation. Since her resurrection, she has yet to demonstrate any telepathy of her own. Her telekinesis is also much more powerful now, she can use it to levitate herself and others, create force fields, and also to enhance her speed, strength, and agility. She can lift several tons with her telekinesis.
Psylocke started to create a telekinetic katana instead of the psychic knife. The katana is much more powerful, but she can no longer gauge the level of its intensity. The katana will short-circuit the nervous system (working the same way as as her knife), while slicing through almost any form of inanimate material. For example, she can use the blade to cut through a person in armor, and only cut the armor while stunning the person inside.
Current Power Set
After her return to Earth 616 and her encounter with the Sisterhood, Psylocke regained a degree of her telepathic powers, and retained, but to a powerful but highly and dangerously unfocused degree, her telekinetic abilities. Although her telepathy was not as strong as it once had been, it's level of power was still grand enough to make her a formidable telepath. With her telepathic powers, she can still receive and broadcast thoughts to others, manipulate people's minds, create elaborate psychic illusions, increase another mutant's power to incredible levels, create psychic daggers, and erase the memories of others. Psylocke's telekinetic abilities, although not as strong as they once had been, are still strong enough to allow her to achieve her desired effects. She can still move large objects and beings around, create telekinetic barriers to protect her from attacks, levitate to achieve flight, and can still create her telekinetic katana but chooses her psychic knife over it.
The downside of her new powers is that the strength of her telepathic and telekinetic powers depend on how much she is using the other. Using two powers at once makes it hard for her to focus and lowers their level of power. For instance if she is using her telekinesis, her telepathy is limited to only reading and broadcasting thoughts and at the tiime, she is unable utilize her other telepathic skills. Aside from this, her previous resistance to both reality manipulation and telepathy seemed to tarnish after the Red Queen's manipulation and she can now be detected by electronic devices.
During the "Dark Angel Saga", Psylocke had her powers vastly increased by the Jean Grey from the Age of Apocalypse timeline. She was able to overcome Archangel with her newly-increased psionics--a feat that had previously been beyond her power. Writer Rick Remender has stated that she is now an Omega-level telepath on par with Jean Grey and Professor Xavier
Psylocke is an extremely skilled martial artist, but the fighting art that she uses has never been revealed. Her skills and technique in martial arts is shown to be even more advanced that an average Hand ninja, a Crimson Dawn Undercloak and even surpasses that of a ninja master. Psylocke has also received additional training from the Age of Apocalypse version of Sabretooth and an alternative reality version of Ogun that vastly developed her skills in this area.
As a psychic, Psylocke possess the ability to counter attack as she is able to read the thoughts of her opponents minutes before they make a move. She can also make her presence undetectable from humans and mutants, and is even able to hide herself from Wolverine's super sense and any form of telepathy or mind detection. Psylocke can also cast illusions to distract her opponents. She can use her telekinesis abilities to increase her speed and strength and make her fighting skills far stronger and is even shown to be able to out match people with super-strength like Sabretooth or Juggernaut.
Known Relatives: James Braddock Sr. (father, deceased), Elizabeth Braddock (mother, deceased), James "Jamie" Jr.(brother), Brian Braddock (Captain Britain, brother), Meggan Braddock (sister-in-law)
- Citizenship: British
- Marital Status: Single
- Occupation: Adventurer; former charter pilot, super model, government agent, assassin
- Education: University graduate
- Place of Birth: Braddock Manor, England
- Hair: (originally) Blonde, dyed purple; (currently) black, often dyed purple
- Eyes: (originally) Blue; (cybernetic) purple; (currently) purple
- Height: 5'11" (both bodies)
- Weight: 155 lbs. (both bodies)
Television & Film
X-Men: The Animated Series
Psylocke makes her first appearance in this animated series in episode titled Mojo Vison, although it is only a cameo. Furthermore, it is seen as a flash there for it's rather hard to see. Later on she somewhat introduced in season 4 episode 54 entitled, "Beyond Good and Evil Part 2: Promise of Apocalypse." In this episode, Psylocke was attempting to steal valuable property from Archangel's castle. She battles Archangel when he discovers what she was doing. Psylocke would be able to defeat him and escaped in his car. She later runs into Wolverine, Mystique, and Sabretooth. As Psylocke tried to flee, she would be captured by Magneto. She later reappears in episode 56 entitled, "Beyond Good and Evil Part 4: End and Beginning." She is shown to be captured by Apocalypse. Psylocke would eventually be freed by the X-Men and join them to defeat Apocalypse.
Wolverine And The X-Men (2009)
Psylocke appears in the episode 'Time Bomb'. In the beginning of the episode she is seen using her powers on a traffic warden who gives a woman a ticket, effectively making the warden eat the ticket. Psylocke is seen to use her butterfly katana here. It is hinted that Quicksilver rescued her from a mutant prison, as he asks her to do a favor for him. That favor is to keep a mutant, Nitro, power's under control whilst traveling to Genosha. The X-Men arrive to stop the Brotherhood and Psylocke is effectively taken out by Emma Frost, very early in their "battle", Emma also calls Psylocke an amateur after defeating her.
X2: X-Men United
Psylocke's name can be seen on Stryker's computer as Mystique scrolls through it. Also she is seen in the novelization, she's at a fashion show when Dark Cerebro is used on mutants. Sending her into a coma. After it is used on humans Psylocke is seen awaking from the coma and using her telepathy to see what is happening.
X-Men: The Last Stand
It had been widely speculated by fans that Psylocke would be in X3: The Last Stand, and that she would be portrayed by Meiling Melançon. However, there have been many confusions on who this character really is. In an interview with Wizard magazine, she told that she played Psylocke and had the ability to change into shadows and use her psi-blades. However, the psi-blades were nowhere to be seen in the movie, and her only ability shown was phasing out of a wall, even though there was no shadow near there. Writer on X3, Zak Penn told in a Q&A section that the character Melançon played was never meant to be Psylocke, as the writers were still throwing names out for Melançon's character. There was even more confusion when X3: The Last Stand came out on DVD, and in the Brett Ratner commentary, he stated that Melançon was playing Psylocke.