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Psylocke (Marvel)(Age of Apocalypse)
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Originally, Psylocke was the only X-Man not depicted in some form or another in the X-Men crossover "Age of Apocalypse", and it was believed Betsy Braddock had been one of the unfortunate telepaths to have been remade into Apocalypse's brain trust, a telepathic defense system for his citadel. However, for "AoA"'s 10th anniversary, a new miniseries was created and Psylocke made an appearance, hot on the heels of her canon resurrection.

Psylocke in the "Age of Apocalypse" appears as a ninja, with black hair and blue eyes. She is a telepath, and an old acquaintance of Weapon X. It also appears that Psylocke has an affinity for the shadows, but bears no Crimson Dawn mark, and it is unclear whether Elisabeth is Asian. However, hair dye would be difficult and frivolous to procure in this war-torn world, and her black hair is likely natural.

Psylocke's Asian appearance in "AoA" isn't explained, though the most simple of explanations is that this isn't Elisabeth Braddock at all, but actually the AoA version of Kwannon (herself a mutant psychic), who survived Apocalypse's destruction of Japan. The likelihood of this is high as Kwannon was probably Japan's top female ninja (being good enough to be the rival/lover of Matsu'o Tsurayaba, who in 616 continuity led the Hand, Japan's deadliest ninja clan), and so could have been skillful enough to manage to escape the massacre of her people, like fellow mutants Silver Samurai and Kirika.

The other possibility is that Psylocke submitted herself to plastic surgery in order to avoid her brother Brian, member of the Human High Council and one of the most vocal proponents of mutant extermination.


First Appearance: X-Men: Age of Apocalypse (2005) #4

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Uncanny X-Force (2010)
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