Marvel character highlight #17: Rogue

Name: Anna Marierogue

Affil­i­a­tion: X-Men, Avengers Unity Divi­sion, Sal­vagers, Lights, Advo­cates Squad, X-Treme X-Men, X.S.E., Broth­er­hood of Evil Mutants

Spe­cial abil­i­ties: Rogue has the abil­ity to absorb the tal­ents, knowl­edge, mem­o­ries, per­son­al­ity and abil­i­ties of a per­son that she comes into direct skin-to-skin con­tact with. The trans­fer of these abil­i­ties and knowl­edge is rel­a­tive the length of time that she touches the per­son, though the trans­fer can become per­ma­nent. When she first absorbed an abil­ity, the trans­fer was invol­un­tary. As of the events of the Mutant Mes­siah arc, she has gained com­plete con­trol over the usage of the absorp­tion. With the absorp­tion of Ms. Marvel’s (Carol Dan­vers ver­sion) pow­ers, Rogue gained flight, near invul­ner­a­bil­ity and super­hu­man strength. She has since lost the Ms. Mar­vel pow­ers, but retained the absorp­tion ability.

Back­ground: Rogue began life in Calde­cott County, Miss., with her father, mother and mater­nal aunt. One night when she was 14 years old, she kissed a boy, Cody Rob­bins. At the moment that they kissed, Rogue’s latent mutant pow­ers acti­vated. The acti­va­tion put Rob­bins in a per­ma­nent coma. Rogue then ran away from home and even­tu­ally ended up in the care of Mys­tique, who used her to fur­ther the goals of the Broth­er­hood of Evil Mutants. Rogue per­ma­nently absorbed the pow­ers of Ms. Mar­vel dur­ing a fight and joined her once-foes, the X-Men. Rogue later became involved with Gam­bit, lost her Ms. Mar­vel pow­ers and fully real­ized the evo­lu­tion and devel­op­ment of her pow­ers after a trek to dis­cover the true intent behind diaries of Destiny.

Rela­tion­ships: Owen, father; Priscilla, mother; Car­rie, aunt; Cody Rob­bins, crush/first kiss; Gam­bit (Remy LeBeau), lover; Mys­tique (Raven Dark­holme), fos­ter mother; Des­tiny (Irene Adler), fos­ter mother; Night­crawler (Kurt Wag­ner), fos­ter brother; Gray­don Creed, adop­tive brother

First Ver­sus appear­ance: X-Men vs. Street Fighter

Appear­ances in other media: Mar­vel vs. Cap­com, Mar­vel vs. Cap­com 2, X-Men (Sega Gen­e­sis), X-Men: Mojo World, X-Men: Mutant Acad­emy 2; X-Men: Next Dimen­sion, X2: Wolverine’s Revenge, Spider-Man 2: Enter Elec­tro, X-Men Leg­ends, X-Men Leg­ends II: Rise of Apoc­a­lypse, Mar­vel Super Hero Squad Online, Mar­vel Heroes, Dead­pool, X-Men (film), X2: X-Men United (film), X-Men: The Last Stand (film), X-Men: Days of Future Past (film), X-Men: The Ani­mated Series (tele­vi­sion), Mar­vel Anime: X-Men, Wolver­ine and the X-Men (tele­vi­sion), X-Men: Evo­lu­tion (tele­vi­sion), Spider-Man: The Ani­mated Series (television)

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