In typical Marvel works, we can see Rogue absorb the powers of any mutant that she touches.

Is there any canon info that shows her power to be either restrained to human mutants only, or in reverse, expanded to other beings (non-mutant above average ability humans, non-humans, non-sentient, etc...)

  • In the X-Men cartoon she takes the power of the Juggernaut, who isn't a mutant but got his powers through witchcraft. This has a negative effect on Rogue as she goes temporarly insane. Commented Mar 30, 2012 at 17:37
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    Doesn't she hurt some normal guy by kissing him? In the movie maybe? Not sure. Commented Mar 30, 2012 at 17:56
  • In the first movie she hurts someone when she kisses him.
    – Angelo R.
    Commented Mar 30, 2012 at 18:22
  • @Angelo - are movies canon? Commented Mar 30, 2012 at 19:02
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    @WilliamJackson At least in the movies, what she takes/borrows is the person's life force. It works on all people. Mutant powers just happen to come along for the ride.
    – Izkata
    Commented Mar 30, 2012 at 23:33

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Directly from Marvel Universe:

Rogue's mutant power first manifested in her early teens when she kissed Cody Robbins. Her mind filled with his memories, and he fell into a permanent coma.

Marvel Wikia expands on this with:

At some point, Rogue grew close to a boy named Cody Robbins. During their flirtation, Rogue 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 was not able to control her absorption power at first; any skin-to-skin contact activated it, and she sometimes retained residual memories of the people she touched. Rogue wished she did not have to cover up so much around folks, to protect them from her.

Her powers absorb the life force and psyche of those she touches. In the case of mutants or metahumans, she absorbs their powers as well. The length of contact affects how much she drains and the permanence of it. In the case of Carol Danvers (Ms. Marvel), Rogue accidentally absorbed her powers and memories permanently.

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    Ms. Marvel wasn't a mutant, yet Rogue absorbed her powers. She can apparently absorb any metahuman abilities, given sufficient contact.
    – Jeff
    Commented Mar 30, 2012 at 18:30
  • Can Rogue become the Hulk if she touches Bruce Banner?
    – user35971
    Commented Nov 10, 2016 at 22:06

Short Answer: The issue she debuts against the Avengers in Avengers Annual #10 has her using her mutant powers against nonmutants quite effectively, disabling Captain America and Thor with her powers. At that point she has already gathered the powers of the non-mutant Ms. Marvel as well. She can only gain powers from living beings so Iron Man was safe against her touch as long as he remained in his armor. Sentinels are also proof against her touch.

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A more detailed explanation of Rogues' powers

Rogue's powers (like so many mutants) has limits that are undefined and vary significantly from writer to writer. Her original mutant power was the singular ability to absorb the mental and metahuman capacities of other mutants. She has always been able to hold the templates for more than one metahuman at a time without any serious consequence to her. The basic premise is upon touching the uncover skin of another person:

  1. She renders them unconscious.
  2. On a one to sixty ratio (1 second = 60 seconds) she is able to access their short term memory. In the cases of longer contacts, she is able to gain deeper memories and has lost her own memories during this time.
  3. In the case of a metahuman who derives their powers from an internal source (mutant, mutate, and likely Eternal) she is able to replicate their metahuman capabilities with the same level of performance as the original owner.
  4. Her power has even worked on beings who derive at least part of their power from magical origins, such as Thor.
  5. At one time Rogue did not possess the ability to prevent the absorption of another's mental or physical powers at this time.

Rogue's powers were transformed when she absorbed the abilities of Ms. Marvel, permanently. The absorption was complete leaving (temporarily) Carol Danvers without any powers at all. The absorption of Ms. Marvel's powers has had controversy since Rogue has significantly greater powers than Ms. Marvel had displayed until that point.

Since Ms. Marvels powers were derived from Kree technology, it is possible there was an unexpected interaction allowing Rogue even greater power than Ms. Marvel displayed.

Rogue has superhuman strength, resistance to injury, flight, heightened reflexes and a "seventh sense" making her capable of holding her own against mutants as powerful as Colossus, Mr. Sinister, Apocalypse, and other metahumans such as Iron Man and the Avengers.

Currently Rogue has been transformed by a variety of writers and storylines that allowed her power to be reset and developed normally.

She can now use her powers and they are under her complete control.

  1. She does not have to absorb the mental or physical powers unless she wants to.
  2. She can even kill a person if she does decide to hold on until their mind is a blank slate.
  3. She can use her powers to replicate the abilities of any person whose powers she has replicated in the past. Her default state still seems to resemble her powers she gained from Ms. Marvel, likely because it was a state she held for such a long time.
  4. She can still use more than one metahuman template at a time combining their powers and making her, physically, one of the most powerful mutants on Earth.

Rogue's Wikipedia entry shows the number of times her powers have been reset, reconfigured and the stories associated with those changes. Makes for confusing reading, and I have read the actual comics.


Rogue has been able to absorb Ares power, probably the most powerful being that she has come into contact with so far. She not only has perfected her control of absorption to where she can control how much life-force she can absorb but also memories, i.e. She once absorbed a pilots knowledge of how to fly a particular aircraft.

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