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X-Men: Rogue

Updated on May 6, 2012

This inclusion into the ongoing X-Men articles follows Rogue. She is quite the famous character among the X-Men franchise and has appeared in almost all live action films and most video game spin offs. Her human name isn't exactly known but she is frequently called Anna Marie. Her full name thus far has yet to be revealed, meaning it probably will never be known and it isn't like it is vital information. She is an interesting character in large part due to her mutation as she can never come into physical contact with someone. On contact she absorbs memories, powers, outward physical characteristics but if she holds on for too long she could drain the person's life right out of them effectively killing them. It puts a constant struggle on her relationships as she feels that she is then unable to show her affection towards the men in her life, most notably Remy Lebeau, Gambit. In the X-Men live action trilogy, Rogue was portrayed by Anna Paquin in all three movies.

When she was young a horrible tragedy fall upon her parents leading Anna Marie to be raised by her aunt Carrie. Eventually she would run away only to be taken in by fellow mutant Mystique (Raven Darkholme) and Destiny (Irene Adler), Anna Marie would regard these two as her surrogate parents. Her mutant power surfaced when she was a teenager in the worst possible way when she went to kiss her high school boyfriend Cody Robbins and as her mind filled with his memories, poor Cody fell into a deep coma. After this, Anna decided to follow in her foster mother's footsteps and joined the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. On her first mission with the group she clashed with Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers) and due to her inability to control her abilities she permantly absorbed the hero's memories and powers, which most notably included super strength and flight. After this event, Anna Marie was distraught over her lack of self control and in turn she turned to her enemies in the X-Men. Once Charles Xavier was convinced of her sincerity he accepted her as one of his own however, the others were not as convinced. Wolverine had the hardest time believing her up until she saved one of his wives from certain death. After the X-Men began to accept her as one of their own, she eventually struck up a romantic relationship with Gambit. Upon joining the X-Men, she picked up the code name of "Rogue". The two were in love despite their inability to touch one another. Eventually the pair and four other X-Men searched for Destiny's diaries, which predicted the future of mutant kind. During this quest, Rogue and Gambit were rendered powerless and they took the time to live a normal life. They stayed in a mutant friendly community of Valle Soleada in California but eventually they had to go back to the X-Men when they learned they were in danger. Anna Marie regained her powers through her teammate Sage, who jump started her power back up. After saving the X-Men from the mutant predator Elias Bogan, Rogue set out on personal quest to rediscover her past.

Rogue had learned that her parents, Owen and Priscilla, had sought out the Far Banks, a world of dreams that required a state of heightened consciousness to enter. With help of Campbell, a mutant dream of sorts, she journeyed into the world and found her parents. Inside the dream world, she found her mother who was nearly breaching the barriers between the dream world and the real world. Rogue stopped her mother from breaking that barrier and they later found out that her father Owen was trying to break it. Priscilla sacrificed herself to ensure the protection of the dream world from people like Owen. Shortly after this, Priscilla and Rogue were able to make peace with one another and Rogue traveled back to her world. Shortly after she had returned to her world, she and a mutant named Sunfire were kidnapped by Mystique. The reasoning as to why wasn't clear but Sunfire was close to dying and begged Rogue to take his power and avenge his imminent death. She absorbed his power and used it to escape.

Rogue returned to the X-Men and upon her return she and Gambit entered into telepathic therapy sessions with Emma Frost. In these sessions they were trying to find a solution to their inability to touch one another, but had no success. Eventually one of Gambit's old students named Foxx appeared and tried to seduce him to no avail, only to be revealed later on as Mystique in disguise. Mystique wanted to break the couple up so that Rogue could have a normal relationship with someone else. Mystique even went as far as trying to set up Rogue with another man, but it didn't pan out. Rogue stayed with Gambit until he was ultimately transformed by Apocalypse into the Horseman of Death. As Death, Gambit's personality obviously went through a change, but Rogue refused to believe that their love for one another had turned sour. Rogue's opinion on this had changed after Death tried to kill her, (ironic, I agree) she decided to let her love for Gambit go. She still holds on to hope that eventually he will return, but she realizes there is a slim chance in that. Following the break up, Rogue worked with Cyclops and Emma Frost to rescue mutants who were experimented on by a clinic.



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