So I wasn't exactly into the X-Men back in the 80s. I wasn't a comic book kinda kid -- ever! Still not, really. I enjoy checking out the odd graphic novel but that's about it. Still, animation's another story...
But anyway, this character was introduced in 1981 by writer Chris Claremont and artist Michael Golden. Here's the gist about her life (thanks to Wikipedia, of course!):
More than most mutants, Rogue considers her powers a curse. She involuntarily absorbs the memories, physical strength, and, in the case of super-powered persons, abilities of anyone she touches. This prevents her from making physical contact with others, including her longtime love interest Gambit.
Hailing from Mississippi, she is the X-Men's self-described southern belle. A runaway, she was adopted by Mystique of the Brotherhood of Mutants but turned to the X-Men after Mystique ordered her to permanently absorb the super strength and ability to fly from the superhero Ms. Marvel.
Rogue has been a popular and consistent member of the X-Men since the 1980s. She has been featured in most X-Men animated series and video games.
She is just so darn cool! And has a thing for Gambit! My gosh... is there anything negative about this gal? Okay, okay, so she can't touch anyone without absorbing their strength and memories, but hey, that's what gloves are for, right? He. He.
Anyway, don't mean to sound insensitive. I think she's ultra cool, and the best chick in the group - considering the good and bad gals. That's what I think, anyway. And I just know, that as a kid, I would've definitely loved checking out what this superhero mutant could do. I just wish the movies would've given her the justice she deserves...