Why doI write Rogue so dark, anyway?
- Definition of Rogue:
- 1. Vagrant, tramp
- 2. A dishonest or worthless person; scoundrel
- 3. A mischievous person; scamp
- 4. Villain
- 5. A horse inclined to shirk or misbehave
- 6. A vicious or destructive creature
- 7. An individual exhibiting a chance and usually inferior biological variation
- 8. To go on rampage
Way back when, as I read the few Rogue fics
around, or rather, the Gambit fics with Rogue as a
supporting character, I noticed two things:
Inhibitor collars and naiveté so I set out
to discover why. Why did such as obvious solution
to her power and an obvious assumption about her
sexual awareness irritate me to the point of
The inhibitor or power-suppressor issue is,
first of all, a plot device. Second, if we assume
it to be real -- pretend now with me -- how does it
work? Does it manipulate electromagnetic waves in
the brain? Does is suppress endocrinal activity? Am
I being too anal?
Is a technological crutch control? Rogue's
really big on control. It was the original reason
she joined the X-Men. (Actually the real reason has
to do with Jason Wynguard and Jean Grey/Dark
Phoenix, but that's neither here nor there). An
inhibitor doesn't tackle that problem, unless it's
used as a stepping stone, but most times it's just
a teary-eyed end all to her problems.
Self-awareness is the key to the naiveté
issue. Working from that, does Rogue know herself?
She lacks experience but she does not lack
immersive experience. "Remember who yoah talkin'
to, the girl who absorbs minds. Who knows better
about living a lie than me?" To live a constant
charade is dependent on knowing oneself well enough
to disguise it. It can also lead to believing the
charade and forgetting oneself. But, there is no
reason to assume she would not know various basic
facts of life, thank you very much.
Finally what is her power, going beyond a
definition by cause, what is her power?
She steals the very thing that makes an
individual. In effect, she siphons souls. Around
the world, "soul-sucking" is considered an
embodiment of evil. It's represented through
vampires which suck lifeblood, devils that steal
souls, golems to borrow them for unnatural life,
witches that sully them, and so on. All these
beings are bad. Even when they're good they're bad.
So if we say Rogue is a vampire, as fans do in
Spanish speaking countries, and therefore evil by
nature, then the reason for not naming her power is
clear. A hero cannot, by canon, be evil by nature.
They can be bad, but only if they change their ways
by the end. They certainly can't be a vampire
unless they're half-human, redeemed by passage
through hell or death, saved by magic or God....
You get my drift.
The challenge: To make Rogue aware of her nature
and embrace it, thereby achieving self-awareness
which leads to self-control, which leads to control
of her power; to make Rogue accept evil to ensure
good, on the assumption that using a powerful
ability through luck is worse than using it
deliberately in a safe manner (which is also
debatable). After all, to say feeding off the
infinite soul is evil is a leap of faith and matter
Brain Drain? Sure!