Anna Marie Carlyle
- "You don't understand! My past is my future! I can't escape what I am... there's nothing you or anyone else can do. That day will be with me for the rest of my life."
Anna's parents, Owen and Priscilla, married early in their relationship and lived in a back-to-nature hippie commune in Rosedale, Mississippi. Anna also enjoyed the attentions of her Aunt Carrie on her mother's side. The commune's failed attempt to use Native American mysticism to reach the 'Far Banks' resulted in Priscilla's disappearance. Carrie took over Anna's care and, in her grief at the loss of her sister, was a strict and authoritarian guardian. Anna was a rebellious child and her equally poor relationship with her father prompted her to run away from home multiple times as a teenager. This also prompted the nickname "Rogue".
At some point, Rogue grew close to a boy named Cody Robbins. During their flirtation, Anna impulsively kissed Cody, at which point, her latent mutant power to absorb the life energy and psyche of others with skin-to-skin contact emerged. Cody was left in a coma from which he would not awaken. Rogue was traumatized by the experience and she wore body-concealing clothing that eliminated the possibility of accidental skin contact. Rogue wished she did not have to cover up so much around folks, to protect them from her.
Personality and traits
- "When I went to the X-Men, I was desperate. They had every reason to turn me away. But they didn't. I figured if they believed in me, I owed it to them to believe in myself. To try. To get better. I found out I could. So much more than I ever imagined possible. I'm still learning that. Biggest lesson was that there were people who cared enough to help...but at the end of the day, it was up to me. I'm not going to lie. It was hard. Still is. And I live knowing it could all unravel if I make one wrong move. But it all started with someone believing in me. And me taking that first step. I believe in you. Now it's your move."
- "Look at me. Please. How many doubts you used to have. About leading us. About your own strengths, and your own instincts. And I know why you put those doubts away from you, Scott. Couldn't ask us to trust you if you didn't trust yourself. We needed you to be that strong. But somewhere along the way, "I can't afford to make a mistake" became "Nothing I do could ever be wrong". You hid doubts so deep, you maybe couldn't find them again now if you wanted to. But you got to try. Because I think they're what's going to save you. Thanks for everything, Scott. Tell Emma goodbye."
Powers and Abilities
Power Absorption: Rogue could absorb the powers, energies, memories, knowledge, talents, personality and physical abilities (whether superhuman or not) of another human being (or members of some sentient alien races) through physical contact of her skin with the skin of the other person. She was not limited to absorbing superhuman abilities: for example, she had absorbed the strength, agility, and sharp reflexes of an enhanced human. She could also absorb psionic abilities. In absorbing another persons memories Rogue also gained the emotional responses connected to them. For the transfer of abilities to be accomplished, Rogue’s skin must contact the skin of her victim. Rogue could only absorb abilities and memories from living organic beings. She could possess the powers of several superhuman persons at once. No upper limit had yet been determined for the number of superhuman beings whose power she could maintain simultaneously, or for the amount of power that she could absorb. Rogue could even absorb gross physical characteristics from a victim. Her physical appearance does not change when she absorbs abilities and memories from a normal looking human being. The victim's abilities and memories were absorbed for a time sixty times longer than the period of time Rogue was in physical contact with that person. Those touched are rendered unconscious by contact with her, though some beings, including Juggernaut and Mojo have resisted this effect. While for most of her early life, her use of this power was involuntary, Rogue had recently gained full control over it.
Expert Combatant: Rogue had learned extensive hand to hand combat training and acrobatic skills from Gambit. She had also had private one-on-one training sessions with Wolverine.