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All the looks of Rogue. Artwork by Russell Dauterman

"When ah went to the X-Men, ah was desperate. They had every reason to turn me away. But they didn't. Ah figured if they believed in me, ah owed it to them to believe in myself. To try. To get better. Ah found out ah could. So much more than ah ever imagined possible. Ah'm still learnin' that. Biggest lesson was that there were people who cared enough to help...but at the end of the day, it was up to me. Ah ain't gonna lie. It was hard. Still is. And ah live knowin' it could all unravel if ah make one wrong move. But it all started with someone believing in me. And me takin' that first step. Ah believe in you. Now it's your move."
Anna Marie (Rogue)

Rogue is a Marvel Comics superheroine associated with X-Men. Her real name is Anna Marie with an unrevealed surname. She's also sometimes known as "Anna Raven", taken from her adoptive mother's name, Raven Darkholme a.k.a. Mystique. She was created by Chris Claremont and Michael Golden, introduced into the Marvel Universe in Avengers Annual #10 in 1981.

Anna Marie is a mutant girl with the power to temporarily absorb superpowers and memories from anyone she touches. It's potentially fatal and permanent if contact is held too long. She's a Southern run away from a family in Mississippi and was adopted by Mystique and Destiny (though canon is inconsistent on whether she ran away because of or before her powers manifested) and joined the Brotherhood of Mutants. During her debut, she hospitalized the superheroine Ms. Marvel by permanently absorbing her powers of super-strength and flight; after a 2-issue battle against Dazzler (issues #22-23), Rogue sought out and joined the X-Men in Uncanny X-Men #171, when the psychic imprints she had absorbed threatened to drive her insane. She went on from that point to become a mainstay in the X-Men's roster.


She has a long off and on romance with The Charmer Gambit, which culminated in their getting married. In the 2000s, with the help of Professor Xavier and Danger, she gained the ability to control her powers.

After the event Avengers vs. X-Men, Rogue joined the Uncanny Avengers, a team formed as a mix of two of Marvel's most famous teams, The Avengers and the X-Men. Other X-Men members who joined this team include Sunfire and Wolverine (until his death). She temporarily left the team because of a Face–Heel Turn during the AXIS storyline.

She was also featured in the fourth volume of Adjectiveless X-Men which features an all-female cast including Storm, Jubilee, Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey, and Psylocke. Rogue was removed from this series' cast after the Battle of the Atom crossover, to avoid contradicting her temporary death in Uncanny Avengers.


In 2018, after many years of Will They or Won't They?, she and Gambit tied the knot in X-Men: Gold #30.

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Rogue provides examples of:

  • '80s Hair: Her big mass o' Jim Lee given curls, as shown through X-Men: The Animated Series.
  • Abusive Parents: Anna's relationship with Mystique is complicated. Raven was a genuinely loving adoptive mother, but she did sort of raise her into the mutant terrorist life, and took it very personally when Rogue left her to go to the X-Men for help. Since then, Mystique has occasionally made it her business to interfere in Rogue's life (and especially her love life) whether Rogue wants it or not.
  • Action Girl: Rogue is one of the strongest and most competent female X-Men, putting her fighting prowess to good use in every battle and taking out swarms of enemies alone on several occasions. Her various acts of heroism cement her as one of the most iconic members of the team.
  • Adaptational Heroism: She's an interesting example as Rogue has been consistently portrayed as a hero for decades in the main comics, however, most adaptations or Alternate Universe stories either remove her background as a supervillain or significantly downgrade it into her being a petty thief/con artist.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Faced with a choice between Joseph and Gambit, Rogue, of course, chooses Gambit, even telling Remy that she always loved him.
  • Amazonian Beauty: She is very beautiful and well-muscled (Depending on the Artist).
  • Anti-Hero: Currently of the "Disney Antihero" type, but where she falls has depended on the various writers.
  • Assimilation Backfire: On occasion, touching someone can mean Rogue gets far more than she bargained for, one way or another. Absorbing Carol Danvers eventually nearly got Rogue's mind take over by Danvers completely (and in one What If...?, it happened permanently), or trying to absorb a recently resurrected Hulk. Rogue got shocked by contact with a suicidal Bruce Banner, and the problem of all that Unstoppable Rage.
  • The Atoner: She became this after an encounter with one of Carol Danvers' ex-lovers. Arguably one even before — she shows great remorse when she comes face-to-face with Carol herself, and takes a laser blast for Wolverine, almost dying in the process. Even today, when her and Carol have made up most of their differences and Carol has long since regained her powers, Rogue still feels guilty about it.
  • Backstory Invader: Inverted in one of her solo series, where Blindspot was retconned into being a friend of Rogue and a member of the Brotherhood, but since she has the power to manipulate memories, she was able to erase all knowledge of her existence after going into hiding.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Leeching energy from others is generally something evil characters tend to use, but Rogue tries her best to make it a temporary borrowing boost rather than a selfish draining power.
  • Battle Couple: Rogue and Gambit have had a long, rocky history of on-again-off-again dating. They're both powerful fighters in their own right, and work well together in battle. As of issue #30 of X-Men: Gold, they're even married.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She was very grateful to Xavier for giving her a chance when nobody else would.
  • Big Damn Kiss: She gives a damn good one to Gambit in Rogue & Gambit #5 on page 16, that shows several images throughout the decades of them kissing.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Showed this around Nate Grey, of all people, back in the 90s, intermittently keeping an eye on him from a distance and trying to help keep him out of trouble. Since Nate was The Dreaded, a Weirdness Magnet even by X-Men standards, and none too eager to join up with the X-Men, there wasn't too much she could do - though she did give Bishop a memorable dressing down when he wound up picking a fight with Nate over concerns that Nate was an irresponsible threat to everyone around him. Remarkably, she was also one of the few people who the Hot-Blooded Nate grudgingly listened to, and actually liked.
  • Blessed with Suck: Yes, technically the ability to copy other mutants' powers by touching them makes her very adaptable, but draining people's life energy whenever she touches them is about as sucky as it gets. And absorbing 'everything else about that person, including memories and personality traits. And she can't not do so, rendering her incapable of having any sort of intimate relationship. At the extreme end, she can essentially steal people's souls and hold on to them forever (happened with Ms. Marvel, but not quite intentionally and Ms. Marvel survived it).
  • Breakout Character: When she was introduced, nothing much was expected of Rogue; her main purpose was helping to counteract the infamous The Avengers #200, as her erasure of Ms. Marvel's mind helped drain most of the emotional trauma Carol suffered due to her Mind Rape and Medical Rape and Impregnate at the hands of Marcus Immortus. After joining the X-Men, Rogue became one of the most popular members of the team.
  • Brown Note Being: She is a being whose touch causes life energy loss.
  • Casual Kink: Uncanny Avengers has her reveal that she and Gambit engage in BDSM. It's actually a plot point since it allows her to free herself after being captured and fight her way out of the Red Skull's base.
  • Clothing Damage: Rare example played as much for drama as Fanservice, happened to her a lot in Claremont's run. Since any skin-to-skin contact activates Rogue's powers, absorbing the powers and psyche of whoever she touches, Rogue naturally favors bodysuits that cover her neck-to-toe. Sadly, despite the X-Men having access to unstable molecule uniforms, Rogue is never provided with one, and her clothes are nowhere near as Nigh-Invulnerable as she herself is (thanks to absorbing Carol Danvers' powers). As such, Rogue's uniform is frequently shredded by enemies, and then Rogue will inadvertently touch or be touched by someone. Sometimes this not only takes an enemy out of the fight, but gives Rogue a power boost to make her even more effective. Other times, the enemy's psyche overwhelms her own, depriving the X-Men of one of their heavy hitters and adding to the strength of the enemy team.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Zigzagging Trope.
    • Invoked. By absorbing multiple power sets within a short period of time, Rogue can literally mix and match powers to suit the situation, allowing herself to become a one-woman army in the right circumstances. For a time, she even had the power to "recall" absorbed powers, so she could invoke literally any and every power she had ever absorbed, allowing for truly broken combinations.
    • Played straight in that, when introduced, Rogue had managed to permanently assimilate several of the powers of Carol Danvers, gaining her Flying Brick and Super Reflexes powers and an even more inconsistent version of Carol's Hyper-Awareness on top of her default Power Parasite mutation. She also had a form of Insanity Immunity during this time; her "doubled" consciousness, due to having Carol's mind copied inside of her own, made her extra resistant to telepathy.
    • Subverted when Rogue eventually lost the powers she had copied from Carol.
    • Played straight again when she gained a permanent copy of several powers of Sunfire, namely his Flight, fiery plasma aura and Hand Blasts of ionized blasts of solar fire. Subverted in that she eventually lost these powers too.
    • Played straight yet again when she regained Flying Brick and Super Reflexes powers by permanently absorbing powers from Wonder Man, in addition to gaining his Immortality power, which means she no longer physically ages, and doesn't need food, water or oxygen.
    • For a short period of time, she was also unable to be recorded by electronic surveillance — this power was ultimately dropped unceremoniously.
  • Composite Character: Movie Rogue = Rogue + Kitty Pryde. Which gets rather awkward when Kitty becomes a main supporting character and a rival for her for Bobby Drake's/Iceman's affections in X3.
  • Containment Clothing: Because of her powers rely on skin contact, she has to wear gloves to prevent herself from affecting others accidentally.
  • Continuity Snarl: After so many writers have done retcons on it, her origin is one huge mess.
  • Depending on the Writer: Whether her absorbing Cyclops' power means she also has his Power Incontinence (which is also one of those things which varies by writer, which doesn't help). Sometimes she does, sometimes she doesn't.
  • Distressed Damsel: Spends some time between X-Men vol 2. issue 200 and the end of Messiah Complex under the ministrations of Mr. Sinister, comatose thanks to having several billion other minds in her head with her.
  • Dub Name Change: In Spanish-translations:
    • She is known as "Pícara" in Spain. A fairly direct translation.
    • Rogue was known as "Titania" in the Mexican dub of the X-Men, which is pretty far from her original name, but was accepted thanks to her super-strength in the series. However, her name wasn't translated from the Venezuelan dub of Xmen Evolution, which took some of the translations from the Mexican dub, and the character name has remained unchanged in future Latin American works involving Rogue.
    • In the Brazilian Portuguese translation, originally for the comics and consistently carried to other media, she's named Vampira, which translates as "[Female] Vampire". The translator said that, as he wasn't able to choose among the many actual translations of her name, he chose Vampira as a reference to her draining powers.
  • Easily Forgiven: Nope. The X-Men collectively gave Xavier a massive What the Hell, Hero? speech for recruiting her after everything she did under Mystique, with Storm threatening to quit immediately if Rogue is given a spot on the team and the entire rest of the team following suit. Even to this day Dazzler holds a bitter grudge against her for her crimes against her and it took until 2019's Captain Marvel before Carol and Rogue finally reconciled, although Carol noted they probably will never be friends.
  • Flying Brick: When she had Ms. Marvel's powers, and again after permanently absorbing the essence of Wonder Man in Uncanny Avengers.
  • Funetik Aksent: A buttload example. Just see the quote above.
  • Good Feels Good: She kissed ROM during her time at the Brotherhood, and instead of absorbing his powers, she instead absorbed at least part of his compassion, kindness, and decency. Much to her shock, she liked it, and by the end of the issue, she was questioning her loyalties. This was a major factor in her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Happily Married: To Gambit, as of 2018.
  • Has Two Mommies: Mystique and Destiny, a bisexual couple, are her adoptive mothers.
  • Heel–Face Turn: One of the most famous comic book examples of a villain-turned-hero, Rogue was an unapologetic member of Mystique's Brotherhood of Mutants and was a recurring enemy of the X-Men, the Avengers, and Dazzler in her solo series.
  • Iconic Outfit: Rogue basically has two, the green suit with light green or white trimmings and a hood which she wore from her first appearance to the first Secret War, and the green and yellow suit worn with a headband and a bomber jacket which Jim Lee introduced in X-Men vol. 2 #1 and which she wore throughout most of the 1990s and in the animated series. In between and since then she has often changed her costume, but she did return to variants of her original costume on a number of occasions. Also, considering that she only wore it in Uncanny X-Men #269 and 274, the makeshift costume she made from odds and ends in the Savage Land is still insanely popular with cosplayers, fan-artists and other fans.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How she was killed by the Horseman of Death Grim Reaper in Uncanny Avengers #14. Turns out that Death Is Cheap.
  • Implied Rape: Was once captured by Genoshans with a mutant being able to turn off her Touch of Death powers. While they never used rape, it was implied that she was molested. The experience was so traumatizing that she let the Carol Danvers psyche take over to cope.
  • Kiss of Death: Her best-known application of her power was by kissing an (Always Male) adversary and absorbing his psyche. She did this quite a few times over the course of her career.
  • The Leader: For a brief while, led one of the X-Men's teams (the "adjectiveless" one). It didn't end well.
  • The Lost Lenore: For years, she was haunted by Cody, the first boy she ever kissed, who was left in a lifelong coma because of her powers. This is exploited in her 1997 series, where supervillains Belladonna and Candra kidnap Cody as part of a plan to get revenge on her.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: She and Remy take turns on this. Early on, Gambit was the one hot for Rogue, with her being extremely wishy-washy about her desire to be with him and angsting about her powers and past. Then, when she got over it and finally returned his feelings, his Dark and Troubled Past came to light and he became the wishy-washy party. From then on, it's continuously jumped back-and-forth between the two. In particular, during his 2012 series, Rogue becomes hostile to Gambit's new lover as the three work together, and when he calls her out on her attitude, she says she still loves him.
  • May–December Romance: In more than one alternate universe — in the Age of Apocalypse universe, even gaining some sort of control over her powers, enough to mother at least one child by Magneto. After X-Men Legacy #249, it seemed a full romance would develop, however this was based on fake memories from Age of X, until she ended it in X-Men Legacy #274.
  • Meta Power: Can absorb the powers, memories, and skills of any person she touches. Unfortunately, she isn't in control of this power and has to wear a full body costume to avoid draining someone to the point of death when she touches them.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In-Universe, she obsessed over feeling she'd crossed it due to her actions with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants — it took her at least 10 issues to realize she was not as irredeemable as she believed.
  • Most Common Super Power: She has some very buxom breasts. Especially in the X-Men: The Animated Series.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is a very attractive, red-haired Southern Belle woman who tends to wear costumes that highlight her very buxom breasts, voluptuous yet athletic body, long toned legs, toned stomach and big butt.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: Variation: this is an unfortunate by-product of her absorbing powers. She retains pieces of the psyches and personalities she drains even after the powers fade. This was the reason behind her Heel–Face Turn, and it's gotten better or worse by varying degrees over the years. During one storyline, just before Messiah Complex, she wound up absorb a living weapon composed of the population of at least one planet, and several billion minds it had picked up on the way to Earth. It took a touch with Hope Summers to purge her of it.
  • Not Blood Siblings: With Mystique's biological son, Nightcrawler; the two of them often flirt shamelessly.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: She is known as "Rogue" to everyone. Her real name was revealed in the comics around the time when the X-Men movies came out. Her last name, though, is still a mystery despite the readers now knowing her past. In X-Men Forever, her full name, apparently, is, ironically enough, "Anna Marie Raven."
  • Playing Card Motifs: Inextricably linked to the Queen of Hearts thanks to her relationship with Gambit.
  • Playing with Fire: When she stole Sunfire's powers.
  • Power Copying: She is possibly the best-known example in the world of comics. However, her power works on bare skin contact and works whether she wants it to or not and, in most cases, puts the "donor" into a coma that lasts as long as the powers are transferred to Rogue. In the Ultimate Marvel and the X-Men Film Series, she even sucks the life out of the victim. This has been a constant source of angst, but since then she has gained better control so that touching people isn't always a near death sentence.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: Just how long does she hold powers, and just how dangerous is her touch? If we don't count times her powers were altered as part of a story ("full control" and "instant death touch" both happened for a reason and were temporary) we've seen her refuse to touch anyone for any reason except under the most extreme circumstances because she'll probably put them in a coma and cause permanent mental damage, and we've seen her casually absorb powers left and right with the donor awakening in a minute or two unharmed. On one occasion, she touched a guest character briefly while giving her water to determine (through memory absorption) if she was telling the truth. The character didn't notice, let alone spend months in a coma or something.
  • Power Incontinence: A long-running problem for her. She later gained full control over her abilities but, as of Uncanny Avengers #23, she's lost control of them again.
  • Power Parasite: It's her superpower, making her a Power Sponge. In her first appearance, she got her Flying Brick ability by absorbing it from Ms Marvel. Since Rogue's power also absorbs memories and personality traits, it took Ms. M years to recover.
  • Progressively Prettier: In her early days with the Brotherhood and then the X-Men, Rogue was something of a string-bean. As the 90s rolled in, and mysteriously around the time Jim Lee started drawing Uncanny, Rogue started "filling out", as it were.
  • Psychic Link: Since Mystique used Hope to purge Rogue of Strain 88 and its effects, the two shared a small psychic link.
  • Rape as Drama: When Rogue is captured by the Genoshans, who have a superpowered individual named Wipeout who "turns off" mutant abilities, some of the Genoshan guards "took liberties" with the depowered Rogue. The comics go out of their way to state (without actually using the word) that Rogue wasn't actually raped, while at the same time making it brutally clear she was, at the very least, molested. Because Rogue had never been able to be physically intimate with someone else because of her mutant ability, the experience was especially traumatic for her, and left some fairly impressive psychological wounds (Rogue lets Carol Danvers' personality take "the driver's seat" for the entire remainder of her time in Genosha specifically because it's the only way she can cope). Mr. And Mrs. X indicates that the fear of ever being in such a vulnerable position again is part of why she can't control her powers; if nobody can touch her then nobody can hurt her.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: The X-Men were not happy at all when Professor X foisted her on them (it insured Binary would never join), and it took some time and no little heroism on her part to earn their trust. Not long after managing that, Dazzler joined up with her own unresolved grudges.
  • Relationship Revolving Door: Rogue and Gambit are constantly hooking up, breaking up for whatever reason, and getting back together as they manage to overcome whatever the latest bout of insecurity is. Both characters have a lot of emotional baggage and legitimate reasons to distrust each other, but at the same time they also love each other intensely and can understand each other. The 2018 mini-serial "Rogue & Gambit" actually revolves around the two getting couples therapy, which grows to include seeing each other's perspective on events from their history.
    • Finally, X-Men: Gold #30 saw the two of them get married.
  • The Runaway: All versions of the backstory of Rogue have her running away from home as a young teen or pre-teen, although no two issues have been able to agree on whether she ran away after her mutation activated and left a boy in a coma, or had already run away from home before that because of an unstable and/or abusive home life.
  • She's Got Legs: They tend to be highlighted by her costumes and other outfits.
  • Ship Sinking: Subverted with Antarctica. The writers, and a good chunk of the readers, assumed that would be the end of the Rogue/Gambit relationship. While it did leave its mark, the relationship eventually recovered and both characters seem perfectly content to forget it ever happened.
  • Skunk Stripe: One of her most distinguishing features is the stripe of white in her brown hair. It may or may not be died in.
  • Southern Belle: Rogue in the hands of Chris Claremont originally was an aversion, as her lower-class origins and tomboy youth on the Mississippi made her more similar to Huckleberry Finn than anything. In a later story she still subverted the trope as she only dreamed of being a Scarlett O'Hara-type belle, while in her everyday life wearing pretty unladylike, sometimes masculine clothes and leading the life of a superhero.
  • Status Quo Is God: More than once, Rogue's managed to shake her death touch, but sooner or later the next writer will come along, and she's right back to "cain't touch yuh!"
  • Superpower Lottery: During a storyline in the early 2000s, she was jumpstarted by Sage and got full access to the powers of everyone she'd ever touched. It didn't last, of course, but it was awesome for a while.
  • Touch of Death: Always a risk with her powers. When she was infected with the Strain 88 virus, if she touched anyone they immediately dropped dead. Seeing a theme here?
  • Touch Telepathy: She can also absorb the knowledge and memories of whoever she touches.
  • Trope Codifier: While Animal Man was the Trope Maker for the Civvie Spandex leather jacket trend of The Dark Age of Comic Books, Rogue really helped make it popular. To this day, she's one of the few characters to have the jacket considered an iconic part of her look, rather than just a passing fad like Black Widow, Crystal, Thunderstrike or Hercules.
  • Tsundere: Especially in the '90s X-Men cartoon.
  • Voluntary Vampire Victim: A number of her teammates and allies have volunteered to be drained by her, often at considerable risk to themselves, for various reasons. In the comics, as well as in the first movie, Wolverine let his healing factor be drained by her, in order to save her life when she was severely wounded. A few times her Power Incontinence was even exploited to force the issue.
  • Why Waste a Wedding?: Marries Gambit in X-Men: Gold #30, after Kitty gets cold feet when she's about to marry Colossus. They even note it would be a shame to waste the ceremony that's been set up just because the original bride & groom called it off at the last moment.
  • Wrench Wench: Rogue is a highly skilled mechanic, who has worked on various vehicles from motorcycles to the Blackbird.

Alternative Title(s): Rogue


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