Rogue created by Chris Claremont and Michael Golden in
Avengers Annual #10 (August 1981)
Born Anna Marie in Mississippi, her parents disappeared when
she was young, and she was raised by her strict aunt - she rebelled
as a teen, earning the nickname Rogue
After kissing a boy named Cody, her latent mutant abilities
manifested, sending Cody into a coma - she discovered any
skin-to-skin contact with a person would cause her to absorb their
life force, and in some cases their memories - she covered herself
up to avoid touching anyone ever again
Mystique found Rogue and began mentoring her, eventually
bringing her into the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants - she was sent to
attack Carol Danvers - during the fight, prolonged contact caused
Rogue to permanently absorb Carol’s powers, and gave Carol amnesia
- the Danvers identity would remain with Rogue for many years,
eventually causing Rogue to seek out Professor Xavier for
She eventually joined the X-Men, slowly earning their trust and
becoming a valuable teammate, even as Danvers continued to control
her in periods of stress or unconsciousness - after losing her
powers in a battle with Master Mold, she discovered the Danvers
identity was also gone
As her powers returned, she also began an on-again/off-again
relationship with Gambit, but her lack of physical intimacy and his
dishonesty caused friction for a long time - after a battle with
Destiny robbed them both of their powers, they left the X-Men and
moved in together to explore their relationship
After another battle with Mystique where her foster mother
tried to kill her, she absorbed Mystique’s powers and left her for
dead - went to the Australian outback to figure out how to control
her powers - with the help of Xavier, she was able to control her
absorption for the first time in her life
Eventually started a relationship with Magneto, although it was
largely long-distance, as they both had other commitments
Originally stayed neutral during AvX, but joined the staff at
the Xavier Institute after a fight broke out on campus and She-Hulk
inadvertently injured some children
Turned down a marriage proposal from Magneto, and ended their
Joined the Avengers Unity Division as a mutant representative,
eventually becoming field leader
Restarted her relationship with Gambit, and after Kitty Pryde
broke off her engagement to Colossus at the altar, Gambit proposed
to Rogue on the spot, and they were married instead - got
transported to the Mojoverse for their honeymoon, since Mojo wanted
a famous couple for his new show
Authoritarian upbringing caused her to rebel
Inability to touch anyone caused problems in her relationships,
both romantic and platonic (18:26)
Broken relationship with Mystique, where they alternate between
trying to kill each other and trying to work together (27:06)
In-universe - Use other mutants to help transmute the energy
flow as a result of contact and help her move past that
Out of universe - (40:06)
Hello Rogue, I’m Dr. Issues. - Hey there, sugah.
So, what can I do for you? -I don’t know, what can you
*sarcasm* Hardee har har. I have the ability to listen to what
you have to say, synthesize that dialogue in a way that may have
some benefit to you and your relationships, while monitoring for
any signs of a formal diagnosis that needs more focused treatment.
-Shoot, I thought you were gonna get all flustered like most guys
do when someone like me talks coy with them.
I got over that a long time ago. -Must be nice
Meh. -*pause* Well, I guess that’s my way of saying I’m stuck.
I either push people away too quickly, or I dive in and get myself
into stuff I can’t just walk out of.
Why not? -That’s a really easy one. Do you know about my
I do my homework, sure. -Well, imagine if your first chance at
a physical connection, you destroy their life...I mean, REALLY
destroy it. You don’t get over that. There’s no amount of talking
that can fix that.
*pause* I’m terribly sorry. From the tone in your voice I can
tell it wasn’t intentional. -But it doesn’t stop there. I was led
to do some horrible things to people and I didn’t know the
consequences. That’s the type of thing that some people can’t ever
live with themselves over. Do you get what I’m saying?
Hmm...has it ever gotten to that point for you, where life
wasn’t worth it anymore? -No! Well, not like that, but to
disappear, to not hurt anybody, that’s the type of thing I wish for
This next question is meant to get to something deep here, so
please don’t think I’m trying to lead you...why haven’t you
disappeared? -That’s like trying to hide the Juggernaut in a kiddie
pool. That dog won’t hunt. Besides, every time I did walk away, my
past came back to bite me. So I gave up on tryna run.
So anonymity doesn’t work, but your powers are a huge factor in
any basic intimacy...wow, I have to say, I’m impressed you’ve
continued to persevere as well as you have. -Thank you...not many
people see it that way besides you.
I’m glad to hear that there’s more than just me. -Are you
always trying to see the glass half full?
I try to see the glass with whatever amount is inside, the
contents, the condition of the glass, the -I get the point. No
stone unturned. Does that mean you want to know who sees the good
-Of course! -Let’s start with Remy number one. That
man...there’s something about that man, it’s hard to describe. He
just...lights me up inside.
Aww, that’s sweet! -Hold on, ah don’t want it to sound all
peaches and cream. Ah mean, when it’s good, it’s finer than frog
hair. But he’s got a real stubborn streak. When he doesn’t get his
way, he doubles down on how he feels. Shucks, I think sometimes he
argues with me just to watch me burn up!
Maybe; I don’t want to speculate on him since I don't’ know him
as well as you do. But you’re the one who says he makes you feel
that way. That type of bond doesn’t happen overnight. -Damn right
it doesn’t! How many people get told they have to wait for the
right time, and that time might be never? Well, he was there for
all of it. Even when I went my own way, he came right back to me no
As with most relationships, that sounds like a two-way street.
However you got to the point that you are on a similar wavelength,
I’m genuinely happy for you. To be honest, if you’re doing okay
with that aspect of things, maybe there’s another part of your life
that is challenging you. -Everything.
I see that’s your style of response, but can we
please drill down a bit? -Can we not and say we did?
Rogue, I’m really not a hardass. You don’t have to be scared of
a psychiatrist. -*laughs* Oh sugah, I’m not scared of you. I’m
scared of what I’ll say to you. You probably lock up half
the people you see just for speaking their mind.
I only look out for the safety of my patients and the rest of
society. Having emotions is not a risk. It’s what you do with those
emotions that counts. As long as you are not a danger to yourself
or others, this is completely confidential. And if it’s in the
past, then I would never put you through “double jeopardy.” -So if
I told you that my second mama wanted to kill me after I had made
up with the women she had me nearly kill and take her life, you’re
not gonna arrest me?
*dramatic gulp* Well, I didn’t quite expect that, but...no. My
main concern is how that -*sarcasm* How did it make me feel? HOW DO
A lot of people have that reaction...which is why I was going
to ask HOW DID THAT AFFECT THE PEOPLE INVOLVED. -*pause* Son of a
gun, nobody really asks that. I suppose Carol was really pissed
off...wait...I KNOW she was pissed off ***that bitch tried to
control me! Do you know what it’s like to have your own head
telling you all sorts of history that you shouldn’t know or even
came close to giving a shit about?*** and Mystique was mean, but
she always said it was because she cared. I think that’s true, she
really cared about me in her own sorta way. She should really talk
to you, if you’ll have her.
I’m always an open mind and ear for anyone within reason -The
“reason” part might be a problem.
So what’s your goal with those relationships? -I’m not a goals
kinda gal.Where the wind blows, I’ll be there, good Lord willin’
and the creek don’t rise. Unless I don’t wanna go, that is.
Aaaaaand hence the name. There’s nothing wrong with riding the
tide and going where nature follows, and there’s nothing inherently
wrong with bucking a trend, either. But the balance of those two
can get out of whack. It’s obvious to me that you have the ability
to go wherever you please, but so many times, you’ve been the
center of attention for others because of your talent. Why not take
the impulsive energy and combine it with a modest bit of
forethought and live the more comfortable, less stressful life that
you deserve? - Believe it or not, Doc, I actually did have some
good come out of all of that we were just talking about. Carol
doesn’t hate me...not anymore. And when things are good with
Mystique, we work well together. I’m not as dumb as you think I am
just because my nature is to fight with whatever everybody
*insulted* I NEVER thought that -Ah, there’s the flustered part
that I always look for when I meet someone new.
*pause* Touche. Now that you’ve made it clear you can create
any social outcome you want, how much are you willing to focus on
making them enjoyable for everyone involved?. -One thing at a time
Shug, one thing at a time. We good here?
-That we are. - Thanks for the chat, then. See ya ‘round. And
if you ever do talk to mah mama, tell her I said hi. Well, maybe
see how she reacts before bringin’ me up… could be a bad time for
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