In the X-Men movies whenever Rogue touched someone she would temporarily get their powers. And that is why she had to wear gloves all the time, but what I'm wondering is was it only her hands that had this "power"? Or could any part of her body come in contact with another mutant and gain their ability?

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    I thought in one of the movies (not sure how canon they are) she inadvertently does this with a kiss.
    – Nick T
    Apr 19, 2012 at 16:57
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    @NickT: it's the first X-Men movie, and it's the scene where we're introduced to Rogue.
    – Martha
    Apr 19, 2012 at 18:10
  • How often do you touch random strangers with not your hands? ;)
    – Izkata
    Apr 19, 2012 at 22:50
  • @Izkata Are you implying you never accidentally bump into people or don't get crowded on a bus?
    – Dason
    Apr 30, 2012 at 19:31
  • @Dason Often, really. I was referencing the "skin" part of the question, since it seemed phrased oddly, and that it was more likely we don't see it ever happen because skin-to-skin contact with strangers is rare when the hands aren't involved.
    – Izkata
    Apr 30, 2012 at 20:12

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Rogue's mutant ability wasn't confined to her hands, but her entire skin.

According to the Marvel Universe Wiki

Rogue is a mutant who formerly possessed the ability to absorb the memories, abilities, personality, and outward physical characteristics of other beings through skin-to-skin contact. Such transfers lasted for 60 times longer than the contact time, with extended contact resulting in the possibility of permanent absorption. No upper limit had been determined for the number of beings Rogue could simultaneously imprint. Upon absorbing another's memories, Rogue also gained any associated emotional responses. Rogue was typically able to control such emotions, however absorbing psyches more powerful than her own resulted in Rogue’s psyche being supplanted.


In the X-Men movies, Rogue's power was to steal the life force from anyone she had skin to skin contact with. In the case of another mutant, she also stole their power. I believe the only one capable of surviving prolonged contact with her was Wolverine.


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