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The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Character
Betsy Braddock
Psylocke
of Excalibur and the X-Men

Betsy Braddock is a British-born superheroine better known as "Psylocke," in reference to her telepathic powers. Betsy's brother Brian Braddock is the superhero "Captain Britain." Betsy was originally Anglo-Saxon in her ethnicity, but she was transformed into a Japanese woman many years ago. Psylocke has been a member of the mutant superhero teams Excalibur and the X-Men.

Psylocke has never been portrayed as a particularly religious person, but she was born into an Anglican family and raised at least nominally in the Church of England, which is part of the Anglican Communion.

In the comics, Psylocke and her longtime boyfriend Archangel (an American Episcopalian, which makes him a fellow Anglican) have been portrayed attending morning church services together.

However, like most self-identified Anglicans from England, Psylocke is not a particularly devout Christian, nor is she thought to be a frequent churchgoer. Psylocke's tempestuous long-time live-in relationship with Archangel, along with her excessively coquettish nature since acquiring her svelte Asian body, are indicative of Psylocke's rather relaxed attitudes toward Biblical standards of sexual morality, an attitude shared generally by contemporary British Anglicans.

Discussion

From: "X-Men and Religion" forum discussion page on ComixFan.com website (http://www.comixfan.com/xfan/forums/archive/index.php/t-35318.html; viewed 6 January 2006):
Switchblade
Aug 22, 2005, 05:04 pm
...Psylocke is most likely a member of the Anglican Church. It's by far the dominant denomination in England.
From: "Uncanny X-Men" forum discussion page on ComixFan.com website (http://www.comixfan.com/xfan/forums/archive/index.php/t-35212.html; viewed 6 January 2006):

L Miller
Aug 19, 2005, 12:17 pm

...What religion are all the X-Men? ...Psylocke and Captain Britain would likely be Anglican, but again whether they are practicing Anglicans would be anyone's guess.

From: Barry, "For Barry" page, posted 26 March 2006 on "Theo-Dongs" blog website http://theopeckers.blogspot.com/2006/03/for-barry.html; viewed 8 May 2006):
Why are all the cool characters [expletive] Episcopalians? What the hell! Like every hero with a descent power is all rich and beautiful. Look at that list. The Invisible Woman and the Human Torch (multi-millionaires), Warren Worthingtion - the Archangel (also a multi-millionaire), Captain Britain (millionaire and ruler of another dimension), Psylocke (Captain Britain's sister, so, yes, a millionaire), Henry McCoy - the Beast (not really a millionaire but a genius geneticist who lives in a mansion with Charles Xavier who is a millionaire), Jean Grey - the Phoenix (also not personally rich, but is a cosmic god who, when she's living, lives in a mansion with millionaires), and of course Bruce Wayne - Batman (who is not a millionaire, but is, in fact, a billionaire). So, yes. There's you're proof. All Episcopalians are lazy rich people.

From: "Where are the Christian Superheroes?" forum discussion page started 22 August 2006 on Newsarama website (http://forum.newsarama.com/archive/index.php/t-81451.html; viewed 5 May 2007):

Mr Wesley
08-22-2006, 10:03 AM

...I pose the question to you, my fellow Talk@Ramanians: If Christianity is the most popular faith in the United States, why aren't there more openly Christian superheroes?


Headache John
08-22-2006, 11:57 AM

I'm Episcopalian myself, so I remember whenever a hero comes up as one. From what I remember, Beast, Jean Grey..., Archangel, [and] Psylocke were all at some point identified as Episcopal.

From: "What are the religious beliefs of the main mutants in the X-Books?" forum discussion started 16 January 2007 on "Comic Book Resources" website (http://forums.comicbookresources.com/archive/index.php/t-160293.html; viewed 16 May 2007):

01-16-2007, 03:51 PM
What do you think the religious beliefs of the following mutants are?

Scott
Jean
Professor X
Magneto
Wolverine
Wanda
Lorna
Bobby
Pietro
Storm


ibrakeforchinwe
01-16-2007, 04:38 PM


Kitty - Jewish
Jean - Protestant
Magneto - Jewish
Xavier - Protestant
Bobby - Jewish
Wanda - Jewish
Pietro - Jewish
Lorna - Catholic?
Storm - No idea...
Wolverine - Protestant?
Emma - Catholic?
Sam - Baptist?
Angel - Protestant?
Banshee - Catholic?
Chamber - Anglican?
Scott and Alex - Protestant
Psylocke - Protestant or Anglican

Brian "Vash" Ashby
01-16-2007, 04:49 PM

I'm sure some are atheist. I mean they are a byproduct of the Satanic worldview of evolution.

Psylocke reads atheist to me.


Omega Alpha
01-16-2007, 06:16 PM

No character in comics (and in TV, and in almost all American cinema) is an atheist, don't you know we're [i.e., atheists are] all evil and worship the devil? :rolleyes:

Seriously, with that much cosmic entities around i would surprise if there was one.


AnthonyJ
01-16-2007, 07:09 PM

Most comic book characters are blandly nondenominational with a tendency towards being WASPs [i.e., "White Anglo-Saxon Protestants"]. The only ones I would consider obviously practicing members of a faith are:

Kitty: Jewish
Jean: founder and prophet of the Church of the Phoenix
Magneto: Jewish
Storm: Neopagan, Goddess worshipper
Sam: Baptist
Kurt: Catholic


The Lucky One
01-19-2007, 12:14 AM

re:I'm sure some are atheist. I mean they are a byproduct of the Satanic worldview of evolution. Psylocke reads atheist to me.

Since she and Archangel once went to church together, I'm guessing not so much. As for evolution, some of us practicing Christians ascribe to it too. Amazing, I know.

:rolleyes:

As for Wolverine, I believe he's now more agnostic than flat-out atheist. Frankly, any character in either the Marvel or DC universes who's an actual atheist just hasn't been paying attention. There's clearly something out there, so the most any of them could reasonably be would be agnostic.


Brian "Vash" Ashby
01-19-2007, 12:37 AM

re: Since she and Archangel once went to church together...

I'm sure Angel dragged her there. She was out of her gord during that time anyway.

From: "Top Ten Most Stereotypical Mutant Characters Ever!!" forum discussion started 29 August 2006 on "Comic Book Resources" website (http://forums.comicbookresources.com/archive/index.php/t-141418.html; viewed 25 May 2007):

Novaya Havoc
08-29-2006, 06:20 PM

All right, guys and gals. Time for numero uno. The big momma of them all. The queen mammajamma of stereotypes...

1 - PSYLOCKE!!!
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/f/fa/Psylocke_benes.jpg/448px-Psylocke_benes.jpg

Oh yes. Oh yes yes yes yes yes. Do I find Psylocke compared to some other characters as the most stereotypical? At face value, no. That may go to the Arabian Knight or Shamrock or someone else. But Psylocke is the queen mamma of queen mammas when it comes to over-exposure, and she sure does expose quite a bit.

Let's check it. She's originally a proper and subdued British woman who dresses in frilly pink and has long distance telepathic powers. Suddenly, she wants to be a warrior and gets her supreme wish:

She's TRANSFORMED into a Japanese uber-ninja with magical swords and a penchant for close-range combat!

Urr... umm... am I missing something?

Psylocke has long-range power, but her Asian background and Asian personality coupled by her Asian martial arts prowess makes her lose all sense and sensibility and instead of frying her opponents from a distance, tries to stab them in the head with a 1.5 foot-long psychic knife. Make sense much?

Then couple this with her revealing outfit, seductive and tempress nature, and you have the worst "Dragon Lady" stereotype imaginable: an east asian ninja tempress, who instead of using her powers to attack enemies from afar, just needs to satiate her lust for physical combat by trying to attack them with a psychic (or worse, telekinetic) blade.

Come on.

It's the worst of stereotypes tacked on to the least likely candidate imaginable. And for that reason, Psylocke is the grand mamma #1.


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