Quote1.png Kwannon was the Goddess of Mercy. In Japan, you can find a statue of her holding a child. Mercy is my name. But it is not my way. Quote2.png
-- Psylocke src


Early Life

Kwannon's child is taken from her.

The woman known as Kwannon was raised to be an assassin by the Hand. Raised to be "the enemy of peace", Kwannon fell in love with a boy and gave birth to a daughter. This displeased her masters, who killed her lover and took her daughter away from her.[1]

She eventually became the prime assassin of the Japanese crime lord Lord Nyoirin, as well as the lover of Matsu'o Tsurayaba, a high-ranking member of a group of ninja mystics, called the Hand. When the interests of Nyoirin and the Hand came into conflict, Kwannon was honor-bound to face her lover Matsu'o in combat. During the conflict, she fell from an ocean cliff and suffered injuries that left her brain-damaged and comatose with no hope for recovery.[7]

Body Swap

Kwannon operating as the prime assassin of Lord Nyoirin

Shortly thereafter, the telepathic X-Man Psylocke was found washed up on the shore of the Hand's island base in the South China Sea after passing through the Siege Perilous. Matsu'o sought the help of the sorceress Spiral, a begrudging servant of Mojo, to save Kwannon (for reasons unknown, Spiral and Mojo have shown a marked interest in Betsy Braddock prior to these events; Mojo gave her the codename Psylocke when he attempted to make her his servant, and Spiral was responsible for implanting her with bionic eyes to replace the ones she lost, which acted as interdimensional cameras for a time, recording her adventures with the X-Men). Spiral informed Matsu'o that it would be possible to use Psylocke's telepathy to restore Kwannon's mind. Kwannon's limited empathic power allowed her mind to withstand contact with a high-level telepath like Psylocke. Matsu'o agreed, unmindful of Spiral's penchant for trickery and deception. Spiral used her magicks, combined with the alien technology of her Body Shoppe to transfer the two women's minds into each other's bodies, also intermingling their DNA. The result of this merge was that they now physically resembled each other and each possessed half of Psylocke's mutant telepathic abilities. Matsu'o tried to manipulate Psylocke, whom he thought was his lover Kwannon, into becoming the Mandarin's second-in-command, but an encounter with her teammate Wolverine enabled her to break free of his control and eventually rejoin the X-Men.[8]

Kwannon after her body swap with Psylocke

Meanwhile, Kwannon was recovered by her employer Nyoirin (with the assistance of Spiral). Her new body was retrained in the martial arts, and she was sent to the United States to confront Psylocke. The merge of bodies and minds between the two women had left each with memories and personality traits of the other, leading Kwannon to believe that she was truly Betsy Braddock. She infiltrated the X-Mansion and fought Psylocke with a psychic katana that functioned in the same manner as Psylocke's psychic knife, cutting through the mind and disrupting the nervous system of its target. When the X-Men arrived to aid Psylocke, Kwannon (now assuming the codename "Revanche") claimed that Psylocke was an impostor. The other X-Men were unable to determine the true identities of the two women; according to Wolverine, their scents were identical, and Psylocke, subject to manipulation many times in the past, was unwilling to allow Professor X to telepathically probe her mind in search of the truth. Finally, the two women left for Japan to uncover the truth, accompanied by Gambit and Beast. Revanche surprised her fellow companions with her ability to read and speak Japanese perfectly, a skill the real Betsy Braddock never acquired. After a brief confrontation, it was revealed that Kwannon was supposedly the first person to happen upon the unconscious Betsy Braddock after her re-emergence from the Siege Perilous portal. Amnesiac and disoriented, Psylocke's telepathy ran unchecked and fused the two women's minds together. This story was later proven to be the result of false memories generated by Kwannon after being lied to by Matsu'o and Lord Nyoirin. The group found and confronted Matsu'o, but he would reveal nothing about what had truly transpired.[9]


Revanche asks Matsu'o to mercy kill her

Revanche returned to New York with the X-Men, becoming an unofficial member of the team for a short time. On a mission to an island which housed a colony of Legacy Virus victims, it was revealed that Revanche herself had the deadly disease.[10] The Legacy Virus slowly increased her telepathic ability, allowing her to cut through the confusion and distortion of her own memories, revealing the truth: that she was in fact Kwannon inhabiting Betsy Braddock's original body, as Braddock now inhabited hers. It was also discovered that Kwannon was unconsciously creating psychic confusion in the minds of her teammates concerning her and Psylocke's true identities. Because of this, Kwannon chose to leave the X-Men, but not before forcibly removing the bionic eyes Mojo had implanted in Betsy's body so long ago and leaving them with a note of farewell. Finding her back in Japan and close to death, Kwannon asked Matsu'o to end her life swiftly, in atonement for his transgressions against her and Psylocke, and so that she might die of her own will and not as a victim of the disease. Matsu'o killed Revanche with a tantō. With Kwannon's death, Psylocke's full telepathic potential was returned to her. Revanche also left a portion of her psionic energies within Matsu'o, who used it at her behest, removing Kwannon's fractured memories and personality traits from Betsy Braddock's mind, and restoring those of Betsy's that were possessed by Kwannon.[11]

Kwannon's epitaph, left by Psylocke and Matsu'o on her grave in Matsu'o's garden, read "Kwannon, love that transcended body and soul".[12]


Kwannon is resurrected

Revanche resurfaced again when the Sisterhood of Mutants stole her corpse and used a magical psychic spell to transfer the life-force of Psylocke into her corpse and reanimate her body.[13] Her reanimated body was under the control of Madelyne Pryor and she was forced to fight the X-Men on her behalf. She was later killed by Psylocke in a battle of psychic wills and Psylocke's mind was returned to her intact Asian body.[14]

When Psylocke joined a group of X-Men in a mission to search for clues about the whereabouts of Wolverine's missing corpse, the mutants were ambushed by a local crime group, the Femme Fatales. During this encounter, Psylocke was attacked by the psychic vampire Sapphire Styx, who absorbed her soul into herself,[15] leaving her body dead.[16] Psylocke managed to fight her way back from the depths of Sapphire Styx's mind, and destroyed the villainess from within. She used the remaining soul power left behind to recreate her original body. Psylocke's previous body was later reanimated, and appeared to have been inhabited by Kwannon once again.[17]

Kwannon killing Joseph

Kwannon reappeared in East Transia when the X-Men took on the latest incarnation of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Finding out that this Magneto was actually the clone Joseph, Kwannon killed him with her sword, then told the X-Men while speaking in Japanese that she was trying to remember them and that she was nothing as translated by Wolverine. She said she killed Joseph because he was a weapon to be used to erase mutants from the world if not stopped.[6]

Krakoa & Hellions

Kwannon, now using the codename "Psylocke", became a citizen of the mutant nation of Krakoa and teamed up with X-23 and Cable in investigating Apoth.[1]

Getting closer to and indebted to Mister Sinister, due to his help in investing Apoth, she was assigned to lead Mister Sinister's team of Hellions; composed of mutants who were too violent or troubled due to their mutation to be around the rest of the Krakoans.

Their first mission led them to taking down the State Home For Foundlings in Omaha, Nebraska, which was a cover for Sinister's still active Marauders cloning farm.[18] When Kwannon and the Hellions arrived, they were confronted by and battled the Goblin Queen and her perverse Marauders, whom she had been magically and psychically torturing. After a swift defeat, most of the Hellions were captured, except for Psylocke and Wild Child, whom had the urge to attack after believing she was faulting as the alpha of their 'pack'. After his quick defeat, Kwannon cleansed his mind of his feral nature for the moment, turning Wild Child into to his more civilized self, speaking in coherent and complete sentences.[19].

After Madelyne Pryor was shot dead by John Greycrow, Havok blew up the state home in anger, with Kwannon and the rest of the Hellions escaping safely outside. After returning back to Krakoa, Kwannon was seen being followed around by Wild Child, who had accepted her as his alpha.[20]


Telepathy Upon inhabiting Psylocke's former body, Kwannon gained telepathic abilities which enabled her to read minds, communicate with others by broadcasting her thoughts psychically.[citation needed]

  • Psionic Katana: She could physically manifest her telepathic powers as a blade (like Psylocke's psychic blade), but instead of a small energy dagger she created an ornate psionic katana. The blade could disrupt the autonomic nervous systems of other living beings, incapacitating them instantly. Kwannon could also use her psychic katana to force her way into an opponent's mind and reveal any thoughts that were originally shielded from her telepathic powers, including those of other telepaths.[citation needed]
  • Mind Control: Psylocke can control the minds of others by using her telepathic abilities gained after inhabiting Psylocke's body.[citation needed]
  • Illusion Casting: With the use of her telepathic abilities gained after inhabiting Psylocke's body, Kwannon can cast realistic illusions altering the perceptions of its targets.[citation needed]
  • Psionic Butterfly Wings: Psylocke learned to create a pair of psionic butterfly wings allowing her to fly.[21]


Highly skilled in the martial arts.[citation needed]


Untrained Telepath: Being relatively untrained in the use of her telepathy, Revanche rarely employed her abilities beyond generating psionic blades and unconsciously clouding the minds of others.[citation needed]


X-Men Blackbird, Krakoan Gateways.


Sword; formerly claws.[citation needed]

  • The name "Revanche" is not simply an alternate derivative of the word "revenge," but rather means a "policy designed to recover lost territory or status."[citation needed]
  • The name "Kwannon" is an inaccurate transliteration of her namesake, which should be "Kan'non" ("Kwannon" is actually closer to Guan Yin's Korean name; the "kwa" syllable does not exist in the Japanese language).

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