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About Rogue

By Chad Derdowski     -
Source: Marvel Universe: Rogue

Overview

A mutant and longtime member of the X-Men, Rogue possesses the ability to absorb the memories and abilities (including superpowers) of anyone she touches, Rogue's power has been a boon to her teammates but prevents her from making physical contact lest it prove fatal.

Bio

Real Name: Anna Marie (full name unrevealed)
First Appearance: Avengers Annual #10 (1981)
Base of Operations: Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters
Group Affiliation: X-Men, Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
Created By: Chris Claremont and Michael Golden

Origin

Raised by her Aunt Carrie after tragedy befell her parents, the rebellious Anna Marie fled her aunt's strict household and ended up in the care of Mystique and Destiny. Anna Marie's first kiss led to the manifestation of her mutant powers and left the young man in a coma. Horrified by this curse, she adopted the name Rogue and joined her foster mother's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.

History

On her first mission, Rogue battled Ms. Marvel and, due to prolonged contact, ended up permanently absorbing Ms. Marvel's powers and personality. Terrified by her lack of control, Rogue turned to the X-Men for help. The X-Men generally saw Rogue as a threat and possible spy for the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. After she risked her life to save Wolverine's fiance, Mariko Yashida, she began to earn their trust. Hey, if Wolverine trusts somebody, they thought, she must be OK.

Over the years, Rogue became a trusted member of the X-Men, even leading her own team. She developed a close relationship with Gambit, which led to something of a love affair, despite their inability to touch each other. Their on-again, off-again relationship has weathered many storms, including a temporary loss of powers (during which they attempted to live normally together) and Gambit being turned into one of Apocalypse's Horsemen.

In recent years, Rogue seemingly and permanently absorbed the powers of the mutant adventurer (and former X-Man) Sunfire and gained a new mastery over her own power. Rogue remains on the X-Men. Despite occasional leaves of absence, she will likely continue to fight for Xavier's dream for the forseeable future.

Powers and Abilities

Rogue possesses the ability to absorb the psyche and abilities of whomever she makes skin-to-skin contact with, including superhuman abilities. The longer the contact, the longer she retains the powers, though the process often disorients her. Too much contact can result in permanent absorption, such as in the case of Ms. Marvel.

Due to prolonged contact with Ms. Marvel, Rogue possessed superstrength and the ability to fly as well as Ms. Marvel's "seventh sense," an ability to subconsciously see an opponent's attack before he made it. She also retained aspects of Ms. Marvel's personality, which occasionally supplant Rogue's own and make her resistant to telepathic attacks.

For a time, Rogue could recall previously absorbed power but has lost that ability. She finely honed more control over her powers even being able to suppress them, which allows her to make skin-to-skin contact without always absorbing another's abilities or personality.

Identification

Rogue typically relies on her powers and does not use any specific weapons. She is most often recognized by the white streak that runs through her hair.

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