Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day – Celebrating With Psylocke!

To celebrate Valentine's Day, let's take a look back at Psylocke’s most significant romantic relationships from the very beginning until now. Happy Valentine’s Day!


Godfrey Calthrop
Status: Childhood crush
Issues: Uncanny X-Men v1 #473
When Betsy was a schoolgirl, the voice of Godfrey Calthrop made her swoon. He was one of Jamie Braddock's friends.


Tom Lennox
Status: Serious relationship
Issues: Daredevis v1 #3 → Mighty World of Marvel v2 #9
Lennox worked for S.T.R.I.K.E. Psi Division, where he met Betsy and became her lover. When superbeings in Britain where rounded up in concentration camps, the pair went into hiding. They were telepathically linked when Tom was killed, which left Betsy traumatized for months.


Agent Gabriel/Matthew
Status: Serious relationship
Issues: Captain Britain v2 #13 → Captain Britain v2 #14
Agent Gabriel worked with the R.C.X. and helped Betsy during her tenure as Captain Britain. The pair took a vacation to Switzerland, where Betsy was kidnapped by Mojo, virtually ending their relationship. They haven't interacted on panel ever since.


Cypher/Doug Ramsey
Status: Flirtation by both parties
Issues: New Mutants Annual #2 → Uncanny X-Men Annual #10
Doug and Warlock merged in order to rescue Psylocke and free her mind from Mojo and Spiral's control. Afterwards, he developed a crush on her. Betsy felt the same way, but nothing ever came of it. They haven't interacted on panel ever since Doug was brought back to life.


Matsu'o Tsurayaba
Status: Brief relationship (mind control)
Issues: Uncanny X-Men v1 #255 → Uncanny X-Men v1 #258
Matsu'o brainwashed Psylocke into becoming the assassin Lady Mandarin with the help of Spiral and the Hand. It was implied that both enjoyed a brief relationship that lasted until Wolverine rescued Betsy. Years later, Psylocke killed Matsu'o.


Human Torch/Johnny Storm
Status: Flirtation by both parties
Issues: Fantastic Four v1 #369
When several heroes teamed up in Galactus' ship, Johnny Storm thought of Betsy as a living doll and considered flirting with her, but he backed off due to the recent death of his wife. Betsy overheard his thoughts and was disappointed he didn't take a shot.


Cyclops/Scott Summers
Status: Flirtation by both parties
Issues: X-Men v2 #8 → X-Men v2 #20
After Betsy was assigned to the Blue Team led by Cyclops, she started flirting with him. Scott seemed to respond, which caused problems between him and Jean Grey. After Betsy and Scott kissed, he decided to take a leave of absence. Psylocke later apologized to Jean and blamed Kwannon's influence on her.


Hercules
Status: Brief relationship
Issues: Battletide v1 #4 / X-Men: To Serve & Protect v1 #4
Hercules and Psylocke teamed up with other heroes to defeat the entity known as Battletide. Betsy initially dismissed his advances, but it was later revealed that they had slept together. Years later, when they met again, Psylocke was upset Hercules didn't remember their time together.


Gambit/Remy LeBeau
Status: Flirtation on Gambit's part
Issues: X-Men Annual #2 / X-Treme X-Men v1 #4
During one mission, Gambit flirted with both Psylocke and Revanche, saying it was a naughty boy's dream come true working with them. Betsy thought he was obnoxiously incorrigible. Years later, Gambit revealed to Vargas that Betsy kissed better than she fought.


Angel/Warren Worthington
Status: Serious relationship
Issues: X-Men v2 #29 → X-Men v2 #109
Betsy and Warren soon became closer and realized they had much in common. After the Crimson Dawn touched Betsy, she became cold and their relationship never fully recovered, even though the pair took a leave of absence to work things out. Warren broke up with Betsy after he noticed her growing interest in Neal Shaara.


Kuragari
Status: Brief relationship (mind control)
Issues: Psylocke and Archangel: Crimson Dawn #3 → Psylocke and Archangel: Crimson Dawn #4
Kuragari, the Proctor of the Dawn, brainwashed Psylocke and transformed her into his Shadow Queen. In order to free Betsy, Warren sacrificed a piece of his own life force to replace what had been given, and the couple was reunited.


Thunderbird III/Neal Shaara
Status: Brief relationship
Issues: X-Men Annual 2000 → X-Treme X-Men v1 #2
Despite being in a relationship with Warren, Betsy wasn't ashamed of flirting with her new teammate Neal Shaara. Warren broke up their relationship as a result. Betsy and Neal were involved until her death at the hands of Vargas. They haven't interacted so far since she was resurrected.


Sabretooth/Victor Creed (Earth-295)
Status: Serious relationship
Issues: Exiles v1 #100 → X-Men: Sword of the Braddocks #1
As a member of the Exiles, Betsy met a very different version of Sabretooth. They found themselves attracted to each other and pursued a relationship, which ended when Betsy returned to Earth-616. Months later, Betsy and Creed crossed paths again, and appeared to be on good terms.


Archangel/Warren Worthington III
Status: Serious relationship
Issues: Wolverine: Road To Hell #1 → Uncanny X-Force v1 #18
Once Betsy returned to Earth-616, she and Warren rekindled their relationship. Betsy thought the last time she was truly happy was with him. When the Apocalypse seed corrupted Warren, Betsy was forced to kill him. Most recently, Warren resurfaced, and both seem to be on good terms.


Iceman/Bobby Drake
Status: Brief relationship (mind control)
Issues: Age of X: Alpha #1 → X-Men: Legacy v1 #248
When Legion's reality warp transformed Earth-616 into the Age of X. All mutants spent seven days under mind control taking on new personas. Psylocke was in a relationship with Iceman. When reality was restored, Betsy was reunited with Warren and Bobby chose to have his memories from the Age of X erased.


Fantomex/Jean-Phillipe
Status: Brief relationship
Issues: Uncanny X-Force v1 #1 → Uncanny X-Force v2 #9
Fantomex couldn't stop flirting with Betsy. After Warren's death, they took off to Paris, indulging in a life of thieving and sex. He proved to be her biggest mistake and betrayed her. They couldn't stand each other anymore. Most recently, Betsy bid him goodbye as his mind was trapped in the Astral Plane.


Lady Fantomex/Cluster
Status: Brief relationship
Issues: Uncanny X-Force v2 #7 → Uncanny X-Force v2 #9
When Fantomex' brains were separated, the one Betsy loved was placed into a female body. Betsy soon realized she loved Cluster instead of Fantomex and pursued a relationship with her. It ended when she found out Cluster and Fantomex were having an affair behind her back.


Dark Fantomex/Weapon XIII
Status: Flirtation on Dark Fantomex's part
Issues: Uncanny X-Force v2 #7 → Uncanny X-Force v2 #9
One of Fantomex's brains was the part of him that was evil, a man now known as Weapon XIII. Unlike the other two - Fantomex and Cluster, Betsy didn't reciprocate his feelings. Weapon XIII ultimately kidnapped Betsy and tried to convince her to stay by his side, but she declined.


Virtual Janissary
Status: Brief virtual relationship
Issues: X-Men v4 #4 → X-Men v4 #15
After Warren's death and the whole Fantomex fiasco, Psylocke created a boyfriend for herself in the Danger Room. He was a quartermaster, sort of a janissary type. When Hellion and other students invaded Betsy's Danger Room program, she was forced to kill her boyfriend to save them.


Cable/Nathan Summers
Status: Brief relationship
Issues: X-Force v4 #10 → X-Force v4 #15
Betsy and Cable were both members of X-Force. He was infected with a virus and forced to clone himself every day. For Betsy, it was a perfect arrangement, keeping a sexual relationship with the clones without getting attached. It's not known how they feel about each other after Nathan was healed.

In addition to the relationships above, less serious flirtations have occurred:
• Betsy has kissed teammates Havok/Alex Summers, Logan/Wolverine and Morph/Kevin Sidney (Earth-1081), but not for romantic reasons.
Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Beast/Hank McCoy, Cannonball/Sam Guthrie and Pete Wisdom have all flirted with Betsy at some point.
Mystiq/Raphael-Raven Darkholme (Earth-797) liked Betsy, but never admitted his feelings.
War/Decimus Furius was misdirected by Fantomex into thinking he was in love with Betsy.
Hawkeye/Clint Barton had erotic dreams about Psylocke.

2 comments:

Finn said...
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Rahsaan Chisolm said...

I really would ship Douglocke. Not to be confused with Douglock. Ramsey is of age now and Braddock is single and by now ready to mingle we hope after her last several toxic relationships and period of being alone when she "killed" Magneto. If Cypher and Psylocke actually interact, I may actually start reading the X-books again.