Ok, indulge me please, this is probably going to sound farfetched but i feel it is kind of accurate and has been on my mind for a long time and i finally have the desire to share. Others might feel differently but I think Storm has suffered a lot with Rogue stealing her spotlight.
So first off, i would like to say that i love Storm, and hate Rouge, but there was a time when I watched the X-men animated series, that Rogue was my second favourite character/heroine. I loved how they showed the friendship and partnership between them, and wish that writers would give them those kind of moments again. But so many things have changed over the years and in the comic they have no connection and Rogue has become so unlikable and seems to have overshadowed Storm until Marvel Now happened. So who know what the future holds but right now i want to look back at Rogue's history of stealing Storm's thunder, so to speak.
So this is essential to mention and also is literally when Rogue had a hand at stealing Storm's thunder. Even though she was an X-men at this point, Rogue was the reason Storm lost her powers. She was the target that Forge and Mystique shot at with their depowering laser but the shot meant for Rogue was intercepted by Storm. That i think is one of the first times Storm has been brought down for Rogue to rise up.
The next thing that sticks out to me is how Storm is the one who found Gambit and if it wasn't for the fact that she was in child's body i feel she and Gambit should have been couple but then Rogue stole him away from her, and we had Storm stuck with Forge, who was the jerk who engineered of her depowering. Even though i don't need them to be a couple, i feel Rogue is always in the way of Storm and Gambit, because they definitely have affection for each other and are very flirty friends, they are never given that chance for whatever reason.
So this is kind of random but let preface by stating how much i hate the Magneto and Rogue pairing. Mostly because i don't Rogue. But i can honestly see him with anyone else but her, yet the X-books kept on that awful pairing. And recently while reading some AoA book it had Storm paired Quicksilver and I think it would have made more sense for her to be with Magneto since they would seem to be a more logical and mature pairing. And really what does Mags see in Rogue, like ever?! I am also not even saying Stormneto should happen (lifelong Stormverine fan) but they make much more sense but again for whatever reason (and i can't help but think racist ones) Storm is never girlfriend material, unless your a villain and that's another reason why i feel reformed Mags would be interested in her. Yet her never is.
Now i know this is not about the comic but i feel Rogue's portrayal in that film boosted her popularity and took away from Storm's and Jean's development (which was kind of fixed in X2). I also feel this was the start of emo Rogue which took away from her strong and vibrant personality she had in the 80 and 90's. That movie i feel helped shape the direction of the comics in that decade and led to Storm's removal from the X-books and Rogue's rise in status.
Now i don't know how this happened but when Storm was forced out of the X-book and forced into her arranged marriage with Black Panther. there was a void in the X-men and with both Jean and Storm, Emma and Rogue seemed to have taken over their roles after House of M. Rogue eventually took overbecame leader of the then Adjectiveless X-men and was the leader of that team and even after it changed to Legacy and starred Professor X, it somehow returned to star Rogue, like it was solo book. After years of awful stories under the pen of Mike Carey Rogue continued to steal the spotlight from everyone in that book and she became insufferable, unless you were a Rogue fan. It read like a fanfic where Rogue was the centre of th universe and had really do with any Legacy. Now if it had been Storm's book (maybe while still being married to BP) then we really could have seen Storm do what she does best, lead a team and be the alternative to the Cyclops, Emma and Wolverine show.
Another aspect that came out of Legacy was Rogue's portrayal as a teacher type, which never seemed organic or enlightened. I remember reading about how Rogue would teach the students how to use their powers by borrowing it from them and showing them how it worked. Now how annoying and condescending is that. Storm would teach by example and inspire those around her to do their best. She has been the maternal, big sister type since Kitty joined and would be much more nurturing. Sadly that role was also passed over to Rogue.
With the Avengers trying to include mutants more in their team in the aftermath of AvX, they have Rogue as the only X-woman on the team, and i think we all know who would have been the ideal choice. Storm had membership as Avenger for a just a few month before AvX but that apparently wasn't enough for her to remain one. She is no longer on any Avenger team and Havok was the one chose to lead the Uncanny Avengers when Storm would been ideal, again. Now, i can't help but feel yet again Rogue (and Havok) stealing Storm's thunder. And since i am on the topic, i have been hearing about Thor maybe flirting with Rogue, (i have no idea cuz i don't read that book) but yet again if Thor should be hitting on any X-woman, it should be Storm! Like for seriously.
Now if you read through all this, then i appreciate you going through my ramblings and hope you agree. If anyone can find other instances where Rogue has taken something from Storm or outshined her in some way i would love to know. I wish i could like Rogue but i honestly like least of all. Which is sad because i still love her in the animated series. maybe one day they can be friends again and i can see rogue in a new light but all i see her as is a thief. When that should be Storm's thing!