Rogue in other media

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Adaptations of Rogue in other media
Created by Chris Claremont
Michael Golden
Original source Comics published by Marvel Comics
First appearance Avengers Annual #10 (August 1981)
Films and television
Film(s) X-Men (2000)
X2 (2003)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Television
show(s)
X-Men (1992)
X-Men: Evolution (2000)
Wolverine and the X-Men (2008)
Games
Video game(s) X-Men Legends (2004)

This is a list of all media appearances of the Marvel Comics character Rogue.

Television[edit]

X-Men[edit]

Rogue in the X-Men animated series (1992–1997)

Rogue appeared in the X-Men television series, where she was one of the main characters. In this series, she had her absorption powers, Ms. Marvel powers, and a copy of Ms. Marvel's psyche trapped inside her own. She is somewhat liberal in her use of her powers, but it is sometimes shown how the psyches affect her mind, such as when she absorbed the powers/minds of particularly dark or evil characters, like Archangel while he was a Horseman or the Juggernaut.

Rogue has a love-hate relationship with Gambit throughout most of the series, similar to the comics, even referring to herself as Mrs. LeBeau in "Hidden Agenda". However, Rogue also displays a more flirtatious attitude towards numerous other characters, such as Cyclops, Archangel, Colossus, and during the X-Men's appearance on Spider-Man: The Animated Series, she flirted with Spider-Man.

During the series, Rogue is one of the characters affected by the news of the 'cure', which Apocalypse and Mystique used to make mutants into slaves. She is also revisited by Cody, her first boyfriend, and almost runs away with him. However, Rogue discovers that he was part of a plot for her to become the new ruler of the Brood, or "the Colony". Rogue was voiced by Lenore Zann. This particular version of Rogue also appeared in the Animated Series' two tie in comics: X-Men Adventures and The Adventures of the X-Men, with the former being based on the animated series and the latter including the same characters but with original storylines. Rogue appeared to be a regular in the first three volumes of this series, but appeared only in the final issue of The Adventures of the X-Men.

X-Men: Evolution[edit]

In this series, X-Men: Evolution, Rogue is re-imagined as a rebellious, yet deeply insecure, teenager with a stereotypical goth/punk appearance. Her powers make her cynical and reclusive, but truthfully, she is consumed by the need for closeness and intimacy with others. She was voiced by Meghan Black.

Rogue was raised by Mystique and Destiny, soon being brought into the Brotherhood of Mutants, but left when she found out that they recruited her to be a potential weapon. Rogue develops a romantic interest in Cyclops for most of the series, though her feelings for him fade soon after he and Jean start dating. She is later seen having an interest in Gambit when they first meet in Day of Reckoning, and again when he kidnapped her in the Cajun Spice episode. (However, following the conclusion of the series, director Frank Paur hinted that sometime in the future, following the transformation of Jean into Phoenix, Rogue and Cyclops eventually do become romantically involved.)[1]

Rogue quietly disliked Jean, despite Jean's efforts to show her kindness and friendship, partly due to jealousy over Jean having Cyclops as her boyfriend, and also because Jean represented everything Rogue was not - Jean was friendly, popular, and had a power that did not keep her from having physical contact with others. As she watches Jean get close to Scott, she knows she may never be able to get close to him, which exacerbates her feelings on her inability to develop a close relationship with anyone. After learning she is the adopted daughter of the mutant Mystique, she shares a bond with her "little brother" Nightcrawler but still lacks the intimate relationship that she wants.

Rogue's absorption abilities are very strong in this series, which nearly drive her insane, but prove vital in the final attack against Apocalypse. Unlike in other universes, the powers she absorbs never totally fade, and at times, she can still use a mutant's power long after she has first absorbed them. Although Rogue did not have super strength or flight abilities as in the comics, she displays skill in hand-to-hand combat. Though she is never shown gaining Ms. Marvel's abilities, in Xavier's vision of the future, Rogue is seen flying and not wearing gloves, the latter indicating that she does eventually gain the ability to activate her power at will.

Wolverine and the X-Men[edit]

Rogue appears in Wolverine and the X-Men voiced by Kieren van den Blink. In this version, she appears as both a member of the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants as a double agent. In the early episodes, her personality is similar to that of the X-Men: Evolution version of the character[citation needed]. She has a strong bond with Logan, shown as he was leaving on the day of the explosion. However, the two reconcile their grudges by the end of the season.[contradictory]For the first part of the season, Rogue is portrayed as a double-crosser, setting up the X-Men to look like they were attacking Senator Kelly. However, it is discovered that Rogue joined the Brotherhood to find out more information about Magneto as a spy. She rejoins the X-Men soon after discovering Magneto's plans to attack the MRD. Unlike her other animated adaptations, this Rogue does not have any romantic interest in Gambit. In fact the two, in this series, did not even meet.

Rogue displays a fairly liberal use of her abilities and is shown absorbing numerous mutants for a variety of reasons; for example, she absorbs Quicksilver, Domino, Blob, Juggernaut, and Shadowcat all in one episode either to use their abilities, extract information, or to knock them out. There were no seeming ramifications from her absorptions. Her X-Men uniform is similar to her 1990s era comics uniform and the outfit she wore in X-Men: The Animated Series. Her casual clothing is reminiscent of one of her 1980s uniforms, which consisted of a green shirt and gloves over an all black outfit. She is also seen wearing a brown cloak with the hood up, similar to the one worn by Anna Paquin in the X-Men films.[2][citation needed]

Marvel Anime: X-Men[edit]

During the final episode of Marvel Anime: X-Men, Rogue can be briefly seen next to Colossus before leaping into action. She is shown flying, and presumably possesses her original mutant powers in addition to her Ms. Marvel powers.

Films[edit]

Rogue was portrayed by Anna Paquin in the X-Men film series. In the films, her relationship with Wolverine echoes his relationships with both Shadowcat and Jubilee in the comics; that of a protective surrogate father. Like her Ultimate Marvel counterpart, her love interest is Iceman.

X-Men[edit]

Rogue (Marie was her actual name) runs away from home after her power manifests itself by accidentally draining the life from her boyfriend while she is kissing him. This causes him to have a seizure, and places him in a coma for 3 weeks. Rogue adopts her new alias and wanders into a bar, where she witnesses Wolverine getting into an altercation with some patrons. She later catches up to Wolverine and convinces him to give her a lift in his truck. The two talk and seem to develop a father-daughter like relationship. On the road, both are attacked by another mutant, Sabretooth, who is Magneto's henchman, but they are rescued by two X-Men, Storm and Cyclops. Then, Rogue integrates as another student of Charles Xavier, in his special school of mutant (gifted) children, and particularly becomes friends with Bobby Drake/Iceman and John Allerdyce/Pyro.

Meanwhile, Magneto builds a machine by which humans are turned into mutants. This is temporary, though, as the human body rejects such change, eventually suffering terminal cellular degeneration. Nonetheless, Magneto's actual concern is that, as the mutating machine is powered only by his own mutant ability of magnetism, and given that machine weakens its operator greatly after use, extensive usage may prove fatal to him. As Magneto knows that Rogue has the power to steal any mutant's power temporarily after such mutant is touched by her, Magneto plans to use her to power the machine.

Back at the institute, Rogue attempts to wake Wolverine (who is having a nightmare about his adamantium procedure) but he awakens suddenly in fright and accidentally releases his claws through Rogue. In shock, Rogue reaches out and touches him in order to use his powers to heal herself. He collapses as Storm, Cyclops, Jean, and a bunch of students enter. Mystique, disguised as Bobby, tells Rogue the professor is angry with her and so she flees. When Wolverine goes to find her and bring her back to the institute, Magneto knocks Rogue unconscious, kidnaps her and defeats Wolverine. The X-Men fly to the Statue of Liberty where the device is located. There, Storm electrocutes Toad and Wolverine stabs Mystique into unconsciousness. Meanwhile, Magneto sets Rogue in the device and then forcibly transfers his powers to her. The device is aimed at a nearby United Nations summit whose delegates would be turned into mutants. Furthermore, the entire city would also be affected by Magneto's mutating device.

Almost reaching the device, the X-Men are stopped by Magneto and left with Sabretooth. The team get together and defeat Sabretooth when they hear Rogue's cries for help. Wolverine manages to destroy the machine before it activates, yet the experience leaves Rogue with a permanent white streak through her hair. Rogue appears to have been killed, but Wolverine places his hand on her face so she could absorb his healing powers and be healed. Jean reports that "she took on some of (Logan's) more 'charming' personality traits for a while" (a fact that is not generally noted in the films). Wolverine later gives Rogue his dog tags and tells her "I'm coming back for this," when she said that she did not want him to go.

X2[edit]

In X2, Rogue begins dating Iceman (her love interest from the past film), despite her continued difficulties making direct physical contact, a factor which frustrates both of them. At one point, Iceman is overcome by the sight of Rogue in a dress on and kisses her, which at first seems successful and carries on for longer than either of them expected it to, but soon Iceman is forced to pull away when her powers inevitably start harming him. Rogue and the other X-Men also manage to escape William Stryker who sends agents into the X-Mansion to kidnap the mutants. Rogue, Iceman, Pyro, and Wolverine escape to Iceman's family home in Boston. However, Iceman's younger brother, angered by the "gifts" of his older brother, calls the police on the X-Men. When they arrive, Wolverine is shot in the head by a policeman, and an enraged Pyro manages to destroy many of the police and their vehicles. Rogue touches Pyro's skin and absorbs his powers, enabling her to calm the flames. This scene depicts Rogue also absorbing the emotions of others unlike other scenes in the trilogy, as she seems to be grimacing while calming the destruction that Pyro has created. Both Rogue and Iceman are eventually promoted to the front line X-Men team and are given uniforms similar to the other X-Men at the conclusion of the film, when Xavier and the X-Men team meet the President in the White House.

X-Men: The Last Stand[edit]

In X-Men: The Last Stand, a pharmaceutical company announces that they have a cure for the mutant gene. Rogue expresses interest in being cured, evidently still longing to touch someone. When Iceman begins to develop a friendship with Kitty Pryde, and especially after seeing them "hugging" during a training session (they did it mostly to avoid a missile that almost hit them) and after watching them ice skate together, she is encouraged more so. Upset, Rogue leaves to seek out the cure; Iceman follows her to the pharmaceutical company, but cannot find her. At the very end of the film, she comes back to the school, simply saying, "I'm sorry, I had to." When Iceman expresses disappointment and says it was not what he wanted, she says, "I know. It's what I wanted." It is revealed Rogue had taken the cure, and they hold hands, Rogue bare handed. (An alternate ending reveals that Rogue ultimately decided against taking the cure and holds Iceman's hand with gloves on.) However, as the film's end shows Magneto regaining his powers after being injected with the cure, implying that it is not permanent.

X-Men: Days of Future Past[edit]

Paquin reprised her role in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Bryan Singer initially announced that the character had been cut as her subplot in the film "became extraneous," but later clarified that while the bulk of her footage had been cut, she would still appear in the film. Rogue's status is unknown during the movie, as Bobby Drake is shown in a relationship with Kitty Pryde but the scrapped subplot which involves Iceman and Magneto on a mission to rescue Rogue implies she had been captured at some point in the dystopian future for reasons unknown. Once the timeline is altered by Wolverine, Rogue is shown to be alive and well, and back with Bobby. Producer of the film Simon Kinberg has stated that the special effects for Paquin's deleted scenes are being finished for the DVD release of the film. In July 2014, producer Lauren Shuler Donner confirmed that Paquin's deleted scenes will be included in the Director's cut DVD of the film. Simon Kinberg announced that the director's cut titled The Rogue Cut will be release in Summer 2015.[3][4]

Other film appearances[edit]

The Wolverine co-writer Mark Bomback revealed that Rogue was going to appear in the film, but was written out.[5]

Video games[edit]

  • Rogue appears in many X-Men video games. She appeared in the first two of the Marvel vs. Capcom games (in the first game as a support assist and in the second as a playable character). She appeared in X-Men vs. Street Fighter; her ability to steal life force and powers was translated to a special move that allows her to steal a move from her opponents. In Marvel vs. Capcom 2, she instead receives an attribute enhancement after draining a character (plus, the colors in her outfit were changed in this game). She was voiced by Lenore Zann in all of these games.
  • She appears in X-Men for the Sega Genesis though not as a playable character, but as a summon. When summoned, she flies to the screen and charges at an enemy resulting in one-hit kills or major damage.
  • She appears as a playable character in X-Men: Mojo World.
  • She has also appeared in X-Men: Mutant Academy 2 voiced by Megan Fahlenbock.
  • She appeared as a playable character X-Men: Next Dimension voiced by Jennifer Hale.
  • Rogue appears in a scene in the X2: Wolverine's Revenge video game, voiced again by Jennifer Hale. She gets off of the Blackbird and hands Wolverine a virus cure and holds a brief conversation with him.
  • Rogue appears in the training mode in Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro and is voiced again by Jennifer Hale.
  • Rogue appears in X-Men Legends voiced by Erin Matthews.
  • Catherine Taber voices Rogue in X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse. She has special dialogue with Mystique.
  • Rogue is available as downloadable content for the game LittleBigPlanet, as part of "Marvel Costume Kit 3".[6][7]
  • Rogue is a playable character in Marvel Super Hero Squad Online, voiced by Tara Strong.[8]
  • Rogue makes a background appearance in Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 in a Days of Future Past-esqe poster, it says she was captured.
  • Rogue is a playable character in the Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance. Her attacks include "Brawl" which is gained during recruitment as starter attack, punching a single enemy twice hits; "Absorb Power" which is gained when she is level 2, absorbs the class and strength of a single enemy but does not affect mechanical enemies while also damaging the enemy with six hits; "Drain Essence" which is gained when she is level 6, essentially damages and absorbs an enemy's life energy (does not affect mechanical enemies also), while restoring 30% of her health and stamina with a single hit and debuffs with "Weakened"; "Southern Comfort" which hits a single enemy with a single uppercut, giving Rogue extra turn for the next turn, provides additional damage if user uses "Drain Essence" which usually does "Critical Hits" on the enemy and provides additional effect "Stun", while using "Absorb Power" restores additional health and stamina which is about 40-45% of Rogue's current maximum health and stamina.
  • Rogue appears as an NPC in the video game Marvel Heroes, voiced by Catherine Taber. She appears briefly at the Xavier Institute, providing the player explanations.
  • Rogue appears in Deadpool game voiced by Melissa Disney, she is also briefly playable after kissing Deadpool. It is unknown whether Rogue's power is still the underdeveloped one as she renders Deadpool extremely unconscious after she takes his energy through kissing, or she has already gained her fully developed power absorption power but she intentionally uses the more lethal version on Deadpool with unknown objective as Deadpool can be seen dying after their kiss, even with his regenerative healing factor power. (It should be noted that Deadpool had been seeking a kiss from Rogue and didn't consider the consequences. Since Deadpool is fully aware of his fictional existence, he likely knows the nature of Rogue's powers. Thus, it's likely the latter.)

Other appearances[edit]

  • Rogue is one of the few X-Men Characters which appear in daily meet and greet sessions at the Marvel Super Hero Island region of Universal's Islands of Adventure Theme park where she is available for photo opportunities and signs autographs for guests.

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