Updated on 16 October, 2021
Rogue is a fictional super hero appearing in American comic books released by Marvel Comics, most commonly in association with the X-Men series. The character first debuted in Avengers Annual#10 ( 1981) as an evil villain, but later she became a member of the X-Men. Her history is unclear, but her relation to the X-Men is established. She may be related to Storm, Cyclops, or some other X-Men characters.
Rogue's powers are derived from her mental abilities, which allowed her to manipulate others' minds and memories with her telepathic link. When Rogue uses her psychokinesis, she can cause people to experience events through her mind. These experiences can cause the people to behave in ways that aren't really in their own lives, such as attempting to use mind control devices. Rogue's control is so strong, that she can also absorb the memories of others and use them for her own benefit, duplicating other individuals' memories in the process.
Her ability to do this comes from a mental link she shares with numerous other Marvel Characters. Rogue has been around for quite a while, originating in the comic book series of the same name from Amazing Spider-Man #12 (also reprinted in the Spectacular Spider-Man and Wolverine volumes). She has been a member of the X-Men ever since, and was even a founding member of the Avengers teams. She later went on to join the villainous Electro, whom she has a bitter feud with. In the end, she joins the New Avengers team, led by Cyclops.
Over the years, Rogue has undergone several changes. In her earliest appearances, she was a cloned body with no real personality of her own. She used her cloning to create an army of clones made from the bones of the dead X-Men that ambushed those who were saved by the X-Men during the World War Hulk event. However, in the most recent continuity, she is now a fully functional human being.
When Rogue first appears in the New Avengers series, she is brainwashed by Magneto into carrying out his bidding. As part of a plan by rogue genius Professor X, she is sent to Africa to undergo the Omega Project, in which she is injected withanium implant that allows her to create powerful, psionic energy. This allows her to command a group of techno-organic beings called the Technicians, whom she uses against the evil Doctor Doom. Rogue is a favorite amongst fans of the X-Men because she possesses strong mental abilities and incredible strength. The modern version of Rogue has since developed a dark, mysterious past, frequently engaging in questionable acts of dark mysticism and secretly adopting a mysterious vendetta against those she perceives as evil.
In the New Avengers series, written by Brian Bendis and illustrated by Greg Pak, Rogue's daughter Victoria may have become a hunted woman due to an accident that leaves her with amnesia. With this new found knowledge, she starts to question her own sanity and the decisions she has made in her life. This series focuses on Rogue's mental state and how it ties in with her ability to battle villains on the kinetic plane. She has been featured as an important supporting character in several storylines, including the classic "X-oSolution" arc where she was revealed to be the daughter of Cable and Rogue. She later left the team to train her own daughter, Rogue.
In the Ultimate comic series, written by Kurt Busiek and illustrated by Ed Farmer, Rogue meets the Time Master, who claims to be able to control time itself. He then trains her in the ways of controlling others mind, which he calls "psychic power". During the series, her relationship with Cable goes through some changes, which are heavily based on their prior relationship. Their relationship is heavily affected by Rogue's growing need to learn more about herself and what makes her unique, while also dealing with mental and emotional traumas that plague her throughout the series.
The animated series, featuring Rogue's best friend Storm, also has a large part in setting up the future of the character. In the television show, she is introduced as a young girl who is captured by Magneto. From there, her strange power to affect time is used to help her rescue her family, which includes learning how to use her brainwave abilities to cure her father of a brain tumor he has suffered.