The Physical Aspects of Rogue's Powers

Everyone knows Rogue’s powers, she absorbs the powers of whoever gives skin to skin contact with her and she keeps them for a while before they wear off and she goes back to normal and this has been consistent pretty much since day one with the only thing varying is her control. One thing that is far less consistent is the representation of the copy, mainly her physical appearance. In the shows like X-Men: Evolution, Wolverine and the X-Men, and even the 90’s X-Men series she is commonly portrayed as shape shifting after absorbing someone’s powers however in the comics it is much less common. While she occasionally does, the last one that really comes to mind was during Second Coming in X-Men: Legacy 235 and X-Force 26 where she copies Colossus, Wolverine, Nightcrawler and Angel and gets an aspect of each of their appearances. The most recent physical transformation that I have found was in X-Men: Legacy 266 and 267 where she turned green after touching She-Hulk and in 270 when she fights a demon and gains its appearance.

This aspect of Rogue’s power is very underused as it could be used to not just straight copy the appearance but it could also be used as a slightly variant design. For example, if she copied Colossus’s original power (not the Juggernaut) instead of just getting silver skin, she could have small spikes on her arms or something like that to make it similar but different; this could work for people without physical mutations as well such as Ms. Marvel (Captain Marvel now) as she could get blonde hair instead of brown or a more radical transformation such as gaining a figure closer to Ms. Marvel’s. There are literally hundreds of possibilities out there.

Now since there were two in three issue, that seems like a lot but the She-Hulk one really doesn’t count since she just turned green, wouldn’t a more appropriate Hulk family power copy be green skin and more muscle mass? Of course this could not hold true for all people, like Wolverine, if she copied him, she would just get the claws, not the sideburns and other things of that nature.

This physical aspect of her powers could lead to more freedom for the artist to have fun with new or at least altered character designs and could lead to interesting stories, for example if she needed to deliver an important message but needed to borrow Beast’s power and grew blue fur. This could be used not only for visual gags, which could get entertaining, but serious stories as well; for example if the X-Men got stranded on an alien world and needed to infiltrate somewhere.

While this transformation doesn’t have to happen every time I feel that this was one aspect commonly used on the television shows and only semi-frequently in the comics that could lead to some interesting character designs and stories as well, thereby expanding the character a little more in a way that has, to my knowledge, never been done before. In a medium like comics, any chance to expand a character in a new way, as long as it is reasonable and this is, should be taken.

Do you agree?

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Posted by Jorgevy

@pspin said:

she could get blonde hair instead of brown or a more radical transformation such as gaining a figure closer to Ms. Marvel’s.

Do you agree?

YES MY LORD

Edited by SC

I don't think it should happen with Ms Marvels powers, since the whole thing with Ms Marvel, is that Rogue's absorption there was a bit off and unexpected. Also I sort of think the physical change is pretty consistent? Typically I viewed it as a uncontrolled reaction and so more extreme physical mutations were harder to control resulting in Rogue transforming more physically than say if she didn't want to. So younger more inexperienced Rogue would mutate more, she has absorbed She Hulk before and got bigger and green. Thing before and she turned rocky. Her fight against Bastion was paying homage to her fight against Nimrod where she was Nightcrawler, Colossus, and Kitty. She has also had steel fur from using Beasts and Colossus powers together. Against Mojo she went all... Mojoey. Oh and with Ms Marvel today? I think lighter hair would be okay.    
 
Oh and cool blog! Very nicely written. 

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Posted by pspin

@Jorgevy: I figured someone would agree with that.

@SC: Your uncontrolled reaction idea makes sense, and I honestly didn't think of it. Still though, it is cooler when she changes.

Posted by SC
@pspin:  It also gives her an excuse for when it didn't happen and for why she can use it more in the future - because now that she has more control she can alter her physical appearance more as she thinks necessary. I'd love to see Rogue as a diamond angel (Emma and Angel powers) Oh did you get to see when Rogue used Rockslide and Oya's powers at the same time? 
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Posted by pspin

@SC: That is true, a diamond angel would be pretty epic. I must have missed the Rockslide / Oya combo, where and when did that happen? Armor and Mercury or Armor and Husk would be pretty cool too.

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@pspin:  I think in either Gage's first or second Legacy issue, I am not sure what issue exactly sorry, but was under his pen. She looked like this.  
 
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Posted by pspin

@SC: That is pretty awesome, I can't believe I missed it I have been reading the series for a while.