Even if you’re not a huge X-Men fan, you recognize Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse. After all, Olivia Munn is front and center as the comic book character. But just who is Psylocke? A lot of different things actually, she’s kind of the David Bowie of X-Men. The Psylocke trivia on this list isn’t just going to take you back to her origins as a British charter pilot, it’s also going to delve into that weird era of the '90s where every hero and villain was being killed and reinvented with reckless abandon. Before you do anything else with your life, these are some things you should know about Psylocke
Even more than most comic characters, Psylocke has gone through so many different iterations and retcons that it can be hard to keep up with who she is and what she can do. Aside from being split into multiple people and repeatedly having her powers changed, she’s been around since the late '70s, so there’s a lot of Psylocke facts to cover. If you want to get to know Psylocke a little better, check out this list of things you have to know about your new favorite X-Men character.Vote up the most fascinating facts about the mutant Psylocke, and if you’re a real Betsy Braddock fan, share your favorite tidbit about Psylocke in the comments.
The Hand Changed Her Appearance
In Uncanny X-Men #251, while the X-Men are escaping from some aliens, Psylocke is kidnapped by the Hand, the organized crime/mystical ninja group, who brainwash her (always with the brainwashing!) and alter her appearance so she can blend in with the citizens of Hong Kong.
Psylocke Used to Be British
Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock started out as a UK comic book character, and then moved over to America, where she remained the same psychically-powered British aristocrat that everyone loved in the '70s and '80s. After some inter-dimensional hijinks - with help from the Hand - Betsy is now a Chinese woman, but also English. She might be the most convoluted character X-Men character. After Wolverine, of course.
She Has Purple Hair Thanks to Alan Moore
While he was still writing mainstream comics, Watchmen mastermind Alan Moore wrote Psylocke (as Elizabeth Braddock) into Daredevils, a UK comic. He established her now-standard purple hair, and he made her a member of S.T.R.I.K.E.
Psylocke's Movie Costume Is Inspired by Jim Lee
Rather than be stuck with the same black leather number that most of the X-Men sport in combat, Psylocke's suit in X-Men: Apocalypse is inspired by Jim Lee's '90s costume, which came to define her look through to the modern era.