Banshee (Sean Cassidy)

The Religious Affiliation of
Sean Cassidy

Religion: Catholic CBR Scale: S

Name: Banshee

Alter Ego: Sean Cassidy

Classification: hero hero  

Publisher(s): Marvel

First Appearance: The X-Men (vol. 1) #28 (Jan. 1967): "The Wail of the Banshee!"

Creators: Roy Thomas, Werner Roth, Dick Ayers

Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes

Number of Appearances: 1,340

   Comic Book Appearances: 1,335

   TV, Film Appearances: 4

   Video Game, Computer Game Appearances: 1

Teams/Affiliations: Factor Three; Generation X (teacher); X-Corps (leader); X-Men

Occupation: headmaster, intelligence agent, police

Worked for: Interpol

Nation: Ireland

Birth Place: Cassidy Keep, County Mayo, Ireland

Race: white

Gender: male

Banshee (Sean Cassidy)


From: "Atheist superheroes?" forum discussion, started 21 September 1999 on the rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe newsgroup website (; viewed 22 June 2006):

From: Dwiff
Date: Tues, Sep 21 1999 12:00 am

...Anyone care to post a list of those characters whose spiritual beliefs are on record?

From: David O'Brien
Date: Tues, Sep 21 1999 12:00 am

...Banshee: He's a walking racial stereotype. He's definitely a Catholic...

From: "What religion do superhero's belong to? [sic]" forum discussion, started 18 July 2002 on the Toon Zone website (; viewed 21 May 2007):

07-18-2002, 01:02 PM

What religion do superhero's [sic] belong to?

I'd like to discuss what religious beliefs are favorite costumed hero's belong to. Everyone knows Daredevil is Catholic. But beyond that, what do we know of superhero's beliefs? I'm thinking of mostly the Marvel Universe, but you DC fans feel free to contribute as well...

07-18-2002, 04:03 PM
Ed Liu

...Sabra, the superheroine protector of Israel, [is] Jewish... While on the topic of national heroes, I vaguely recall an Irish superhero (Shamrock or Siren) in the Marvel Universe, who I would presume to be Catholic. Is the X-Men's Banshee Irish or Scottish? And what's the predominant religion of Scotland, anyway? That would provide a reasonable guess for Dr. Moira MacTaggart from X-Men as well...

From: "Are Superheroes Religious?" forum discussion, started 13 May 2004 on The John Byrne Forum section of the Byrne Robotics website (; viewed 9 January 2006):

Dana Smith
13 May 2004

Catholic folks... Firebird (Bonita Juarez), Jeanne Marie Baubier (Aurora), Daredevil, Living Lightning, Karma (was, not sure if she's still practicing), Dagger (Cloak's partner), Banshee, Siryn?, Sunspot...

From: "Who's Catholic in the Marvel Universe" forum discussion, started 5 February 2005 on the HCRealms website (; viewed 10 May 2007):

02/05/2005, 15:35

I know a lot of characters are Jewish, so I was wondering who is officially Catholic?

I know Daredevil is. It's a major part of his personality and often occurs in storylines.

I also believe Firebird from the West Coast Avengers... After that, I'm pretty much stumped.

Anyone have any others?

Marvel Catholics:

02/05/2005, 20:22

How about the Irish contingent in the X-Universe:

Black Tom Cassidy

From: "Religion of the X-Men" forum discussion, started 15 May 2005 on the Comic Book Resources website (; viewed 13 June 2006):

Emerald Ghost
05-15-2005, 05:56 PM

Do you ever wonder what religion an X-Man is? I know they are just characters, but still, just for the fun of it.

I am wondering if you could guess their religion by their character, or what they've said, etc.

05-15-2005, 06:02 PM

Nightcrawler is obviously Roman Catholic. Rahne is Presbyterian. ...and Sunspot, are they Catholic too? ...Dust is Muslim. Kitty is Jewish... Banshee and Siryn are probably Catholic.

05-15-2005, 06:32 PM

re: "Cool. I wonder why so many Catholics?"

Catholic angst? It might just be coincidence, in that several countries that seem like exotic origin places to US readers are overwhelmingly Catholic - Banshee for example is Irish, so even if he has never believed in the religion he was almost certainly raised as a Catholic.

From: "Up, up, and oy, vey!" forum discussion, started 5 February 2006 on the website (; viewed 19 June 2007):

posted by Asparagirl at 8:14 PM on February 5

...By the way, Marvel apparently recognized early on that its original books had been too whitebread. All five of the original X-Men [Cyclops, Iceman, the Beast, Angel and Jean Grey/Marvel Girl] were WASPs ["White Anglo-Saxon Protestants"], but when they revived the book in the 1970's, the new team members (Havok, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Storm, Wolverine, Thunderbird, Banshee and Sunfire) were WASP, German Catholic, African Pagan, Canadian, Native American, Irish Catholic, and Japanese, respectively...

From: "What are the religious beliefs of the main mutants in the X-Books?" forum discussion, started 16 January 2007 on the Comic Book Resources website (; viewed 16 May 2007):

01-16-2007, 03:51 PM

What do you think the religious beliefs of the following mutants are?

Professor X

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

From: Visconde Carlo Vergara, "The Faith of Heroes (Superhero Religious Trivia)", posted 15 May 2007 on the Carver's House blog website (; viewed 14 May 2006):

What do Havok, Polaris and Banshee have in common aside from being mutants and affiliated with the X-Men? According to an article on, the three are Catholics... The site also cites the comics issues where the religious affiliations were suggested or revealed.

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This character is in the following 127 stories which have been indexed by this website:
The Amazing X-Men
Captain America
Classic X-Men
Fantastic Four Annual #23 (1990): "When Franklin Comes Marchin' Home"
Generation X
Giant-Size X-Men #1 (July 1975): "Second Genesis"
Machine Man & Bastion Annual '98 (June 1998): "Deus X Machina" (cameo)
Marvel Comics Presents (vol. 1) #43 (Feb. 1990): "Hello Little Girl... Is Your Father Home?" (mentioned)
Marvel Team-Up Annual #1 (Dec. 1976): "The Lords of Light and Darkness!"
Mystique #6 (Nov. 2003): "Drop Dead Gorgeous: Part 6" (mentioned)
Special Edition X-Men #1 (Feb. 1983): "Second Genesis"
Super-Villain Team-Up #14 (Oct. 1977): "A World For the Winning!" (cameo)
The Uncanny X-Men
The X-Men
X-Men Forever
X-Men Unlimited (vol. 1) #16 (Sep. 1997): "Primal" (lead character)
X-Men: Black Sun
X-Men: Divided We Stand #2 (July 2008): "Planting Seeds" (photo/picture/video)
X-Men: Legacy
X-Men: Liberators #2 (Dec. 1998): "Home Is Where the Heart Is" (cameo)
X-Treme X-Men
Young X-Men #5 (Oct. 2008): "Fall of the Mutants" (photo/picture/video)

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