Powers and abilities
Due to the nature of her unique mutant powers, Rogue has had several different abilities over the decades.
Rogue possesses the mutant ability to absorb the psyche and abilities of another human being (or members of some sapient alien races) through skin contact. Rogue can absorb the memories, knowledge, talents, personality and physical abilities (whether superhuman or not) of the person she touches, as well as occasionally duplicating in herself physical characteristics of her victim. The victim’s abilities and memories are absorbed for a one to 60 ratio of time of contact. The victim loses those abilities and memories for exactly the amount of time that Rogue possesses them. This absorption usually leaves the victim weakened and sometimes renders them unconscious. Their powers may also be temporarily weakened or removed. Rogue’s power is constantly active, rendering her incapable of touching others without the absorption process taking place. However, evidence suggests that Rogue’s inability to control her powers is psychological in nature. During the times when the Ms. Marvel personality would overtake her psyche, she was able to touch people freely. This fact has since been corroborated by the discovery that Rogue’s absorption power never developed beyond the stage of its original manifestation. Xavier later rectified this by telepathically removing the psychological barriers stunting it.
The transfer of abilities is usually temporary, lasting for a period of time relative to how long contact is maintained, but if Rogue holds on to her victim for too long, the transfer may become permanent, leaving the victim nearly dead, as was the case with Ms. Marvel. However, it must also be noted that Ms. Marvel fought the transfer process, which Rogue attested to sometime after the incident occurred. Most often this process happens instantly when Rogue touches someone, but certain extraordinarily powerful beings have proven resistant to Rogue’s power, and she may only share part of their memories and power, as was the case when Rogue once attempted to absorb power from the alien Magus. However, in the process of doing so she gained an immunity to the Technarch transmode virus.
After coming into contact with the supervillain Pandemic, Rogue’s powers were upgraded for a brief time into an instant death touch. Using her upgraded powers, Rogue absorbed the Hecatomb and the psyches within it, putting her into a coma.
As Rogue is absorbing the total psyche of a person, there is a risk of a personality overwhelming her and taking control of her body. It has also been shown that even though the memories she has absorbed eventually fade when a psyche returns to its body, remnants, or “echoes”, of the personalities of victims whose memories she has absorbed remain buried in her subconscious indefinitely, and while there is little to no risk of those personalities overwhelming her like the Ms. Marvel personality could, they can occasionally make their presences known.
Fully developed mutant abilities
Following the conclusion of Messiah Complex, Rogue’s slate was wiped clean. The mutant baby’s touch mysteriously erased all of the previous memories and abilities Rogue had absorbed, including those of the Hecatomb. It also cured her of the Strain 88 virus. Rogue’s touch now simply steals the memories and abilities of individuals with whom she comes in direct skin-to-skin contact. The longer the contact, the longer Rogue retains the absorbed information, powers, and also the abilities of the individuals she absorbs. She can now control her powers, making her touch lethal—or non-lethal—at will.
Following the events of X-Men: Legacy, Rogue appears to be able to activate her powers at will, as opposed to them being constantly active, as demonstrated when she kisses Gambit without incident. Her inability to control her powers stemmed from mental blocks within her mind which formed each time she used her abilities, crippling the development of her powers from their nascent stage. When Professor Xavier removes the blocks, her powers are allowed to develop normally. With this new control, Rogue demonstrates the ability to absorb and collectively utilize all the powers of the New X-Men, in order to defeat a rogue Predator X, with no apparent harm to either them or herself. Her power also affects aliens, such as when she was transferred to a planet in another dimension by Magik, and one of the aliens involuntarily touches her and she gains the ability to communicate in their language, along with their knowledge.
She later uses a more lethal version of her powers against the Avengers during her fight with them, even making Falcon and She-Hulk immediately unconscious without any negative feedback on her physical self (besides She-Hulk’s green skin) but she cannot control the minds of the ones she absorbs. She absorbs their powers and renders them unconscious for a long time.
The new twist in Rogue’s powers consists of prompting her victims of her skin-to-skin contact, for a consent on the process. Rogue’s victim can either resist the absorption and suffer, like originally with Rogue’s powers, or instead submit to the absorption, and so the process instead becomes entirely fluent without consequences. Rogue has used this twist extensively in the Legacy series; just two examples of it are when aiding the victims of a subway collapse absorbing all rescuers’ abilities in X-Men Legacy 274, and also when quenching a riot in a prison of mutants absorbing the existence of some mutant-volunteers in X-Men Legacy 275.
During Uncanny Avengers, Rogue used her powers to absorb the energies of numerous superheroes to oppose the Celestial Executioner, stating that she’d “been practicing”; she was even able to absorb the ionic energy based powers of Wonder Man (whom she’d been previously unable to absorb). However, apparently due to the scale of the energies she absorbed in the process, Rogue’s powers have reverted to their original state, unable to touch anyone without absorbing them automatically, and she retains Wonder Man’s psyche and powers.
Ms. Marvel powers
As a young woman, Rogue permanently absorbed the superhuman powers and the psyche of Carol Danvers, the original Ms. Marvel. This provided her with superhuman strength, stamina, durability, reflexes, speed and a 7th sense. She was able to repel bullets and fly at sub-sonic speeds, much like Ms. Marvel could. In addition, she possessed an amalgamated mutant human/Kree physiology that rendered her resistant to most toxins and poisons, with the added effect of making her virtually invulnerable.
Rogue also gained a precognitive “seventh sense” that enables her to predict an enemy’s move subconsciously during battle. She used this ability to predict where Nightcrawler would teleport and from which direction Magus of the Technarchy would attack. This ability was not always reliable, however, and would randomly and sporadically activate.
When she possessed Carol Danvers’ psyche, her “double” consciousness made her highly resistant to telepathic probes, even those of Charles Xavier, which was said to have been a byproduct of two minds existing in one body and/or Carol Danvers’ Kree physiology. The Ms. Marvel psyche was eventually torn out of Rogue in a subsequent issue,[volume & issue needed] and it was destroyed by Magneto.[volume & issue needed]
During the Maximum Security miniseries, Rogue absorbed an injured Cadre K girl named Z’Cann. The girl held on longer than necessary, using her mind control to boost the process and because of this (perhaps because she had absorbed a fluid Skrull physiology) Rogue mutated further, gaining the ability to ‘recall’ the powers of anyone she had ever absorbed before, though she could not control when or which of these powers surfaced. For a short time Rogue also had a Skrull appearance, scanned as though she had Skrull DNA, and had their shapeshifting powers, but these soon faded and she returned to her normal appearance.
Through meditation, Rogue learned how to suppress the random manifestations of most of these abilities, but found herself with a new ‘default’ state for a time, where she possessed Wolverine’s claws and healing factor, Cyclops’ optic blasts- requiring her to wear ruby quartz glasses- while also still retaining her mutant and Ms. Marvel powers.
Later, Sage used her own mutant abilities to ‘jump-start’ Rogue’s power, giving her the control to manifest any ability she had ever absorbed, whenever she wished to. It is generally accepted that after regaining her abilities after X-Treme X-Men, she has lost this ability.
Though Z’Cann was a telepath, Rogue never displayed this power (though she did manifest telepathy, it was with the Phoenix energy form, so it was most likely an echo of Jean Grey’s powers).
For a time Rogue lost all of her powers, including her original mutant ones, after she was fatally injured in a fight with the mysterious warrior Vargas.During this period, she displayed exceptional fighting skills and agility, though it was said these were not superhuman in nature.
She also still possessed a “fluid genome” that enabled Sage to use her as a conduit through which to channel the mutant powers of the X-Treme X-Men team in a fight against Bogan.
In her short-lived ongoing series (2004–2005), Rogue absorbed a large portion of the mutant Sunfire’s solar-absorption based powers. In addition to her own natural mutant abilities Rogue could then project intense heat and flame, envelop her body in a fiery aura, fly by focusing her power downwards in a tight stream to propel her like a rocket, focus her power inward to increase her strength (though not at her Ms. Marvel levels), exercise immunity to heat and radiation, and see the infra-red spectrum.[volume & issue needed] Rogue was eventually purged of these abilities when she came into contact with Hope Summers.
Wonder Man Powers
Rogue currently possesses Wonder Man’s essence, including his powers and psyche. Her organic tissues have been permeated with ionic energy, granting her an array of superhuman abilities. She possesses superhuman strength sufficient enough to lift well over 100 tons, as well as some degree of superhuman speed, agility, and reflexes. In addition, Rogue is virtually invulnerable to damage and is capable of flying at high speeds. Rogue’s eyes glow in darkness and her vision extends somewhat into the infrared spectrum, allowing her to see in the dark. Her new ionic physiology also grants her a form of immortality, protecting her from age and disease.
Rogue has shown a fair knowledge of unarmed combat when in a position where she has to fight in situations where she cannot simply using her powers to knock her foe out. She has also received a degree of training from Professor X to protect herself against even subtle telepathic attacks, this training allowing her to escape Kobik’s reprogramming of various Avengers and villains to reassemble her teammates against this new threat when even experienced telepaths like Cable were trapped in the illusion.
Rogue’s real name
In the films X-Men, X2: X-Men United, and X-Men: The Last Stand, Rogue’s real name is Marie. In the comics, her chosen name (according to X-Treme X-Men #31) is Anna Raven when her powers are inactive (Raven Darkholme is Mystique’s name). In X-Men #24 she tries to reveal it to Gambit on a date, but he stops her.
In the Going Rogue arc of her 2004 ongoing series, Rogue’s real name is finally established as Anna Marie. Rogue reaches her childhood home of Caldecott County, where her surviving maternal aunt and the shamanistic incarnation of her mother repeatedly refer to her as “Anna Marie”; Gambit also refers to her as “Anna” instead of “Rogue”. Rogue learns her true given name at birth was “Anna Marie” from the absorbed memories of her aunt, who helped raise Rogue with Rogue’s father after Rogue’s mother vanished from their home. Rogue acknowledges the name uttering: “(Anna Marie) Th-that’s my name…,” right after a shamanistic doppelgänger of Rogue mentions it, and later she says: “I-It’s me. Anna,” once after finding Gambit in the dream world.
Throughout the X-Men Legacy series, Rogue is repeatedly called “Anna” by Mystique, in childhood memories of Caldecott County (X-Men 200, August 2007), after healing in Muir Island (X-Men 207, March 2008), and in moments of solitude at the Australian desert (X-Men 215, 220–222, 224). Uncanny X-Men 517 and 526 use the complete name of Anna Marie Rogue when describing her fighting against Predator 006 at Utopia and before a mission aboard the X-Jet to Alaska; X-Force 26 also does so, and “Secrets of the House of M” (2005) states for Rogue’s file the first name of “Anna Marie” and the last name of Darkholme, although the latter is referring to Mystique’s last name, since Mystique is her foster mother since her childhood in Caldecott County. In X-Men Legacy 238, Rogue is identified as “Anna Marie, aka Rogue,” overflying Mumbai aboard an airliner together with Magneto, and then Rogue also introduces herself as “Anna Marie” to Indra’s parents, whereas in X-Men Legacy 239 Rogue is identified as “Anna Marie” by a squadron of Sentinels. In Uncanny Avengers 4, after fighting Red Skull’s clone, Rogue is interrupted in her convalescence again being called “Anna Marie” by Wanda Maximoff. In X-Men 2 (2013), Rogue is referred to as “Anna Marie”, while being restrained in the basement of the X-Mansion by the invading Arkea entity.
Her profile in the latest edition of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe lists her real name as Anna Marie. Chris Claremont has also used the name “Anna-Marie Raven” in reference to Rogue in non-diegetic establishing text in X-Men Forever, although it is not clear whether or not the team knows her name, as they do uniformly refer to her as “Rogue.”