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Are Rogue And Gambit Related

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James Smith
• Sunday, 01 November, 2020
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Since the X-Men took their place as leaders of the new nation Krakow, love has been in the air for Marvel's mutants, especially with the strongly implied polyamorous relationship between Wolverine, Cyclops, and Jean Grey, creating speculation for other possible molecules. However, two of Marvel's most famous mutants, Rogue and Gambit, beat their fellow X-Men to the punch by getting married in X-Men: Gold #30, by Marc Guggenheim and David Marquez.

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While each of these heroes came from a troubled background, they both overcame every obstacle in their path, finding love and establishing themselves as the ultimate X-Men power couple. The full details of the pair's first encounter were revealed in 2018's Rogue & Gambit miniseries, by Kelly Thompson and Père Perez.

For Gambit, this moment was love at first sight, while Rogue preferred to believe their introductions on the beach the following morning, where he offered her his trench coat, was their actual first meeting since they were free of external influences. One major problem was the mere fact that physical touch was impossible due to Rogue's powers, something that bothered her more than the risk-prone Remy.

In Rogue & Gambit, Kitty Pride would task the pair with an undercover mission at a suspicious resort that specialized in couple therapy, making them the perfect candidates given their extensive history. After Rogue absorbed all the pain and powers of their past, it was a kiss from Gambit that allowed her to return to normal and set the stage for their wedding.

During their honeymoon, Rogue and Gambit were tasked with retrieving a crystal egg which they soon learned contained a young girl by the name of Sandra, the genetic offspring of Professor X and Majestic Linda. Although they tried to live a somewhat normal life after their return from space, the two X-Men were then captured and transported to Converse and cast as the star crossed lovers in dozens of genre pieces.

Again, with Rogue's powers at their deadliest, this experience proved to be extremely traumatic with Remy being killed during these false lives on multiple occasions. Besides installing new leaders, freeing other dimensions, and settling into a new apartment, Rogue also helped Gambit to maintain his rule as King of the Thieves Guild.

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Currently, this X-Men power couple serve together as members of Excalibur, while still taking the time to enjoy married life in mutant paradise. Numerous series are dedicated to this famous pairing and thousands of readers call Rogue and Gambit their favorite comic couple.

If you’re a fan of fan-fiction, you’ve probably seen one or two stories about them, and Marvel even makes Rogue and Gambit merchandise. They’re both from the Southern part of the United States, so they share a similar culture (and the same overdone dialect).

As hard as it may be for diehard fans to admit, Rogue and Gambit have a strange relationship. Rogue and Gambit have to go through a lot of things that the normal human couple would never encounter.

For whatever reason (i.e. most likely money) writers have given these characters some volatile personality traits that lead to arcs full of drama. CBR is counting down 20 things about Rogue and Gambit’s relationship that are weird, uncalled-for, and, in some cases, just plain wrong.

Gambit is a great member of the X-Men who’s proven to be smart and quick in battle. Unfortunately, that’s become a part of his character, with modern writers still making him out to be more of a weirdo than a heartthrob.

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In a very strange arc that Marvel abandoned shortly after creating it, one of Gambit’s charged cards blows up in his face during an intense battle. Weirdly enough, no one seems to really care about the accident and the damage to Remy’s eyes except for Rogue.

In typical Gambit fashion, the thieving Cajun takes his anger out on the only person who actually cares about him. While in the infirmary, Gambit vehemently argued that, were it not for Rogue’s actions, he wouldn’t be blind.

Two people, clearly in love, who aren’t able to touch each other -- it’s the perfect story... except it’s not entirely true. Each writer seems to decide to what degree Rogue and Gambit can’t touch.

Sometimes, Rogue loses her powers or finds a way to control them -- it all just depends on whose writing. Gambit’s tumultuous past doesn’t just include a casual career as young street thief.

Before meeting and joining the X-Men, Gambit wed his childhood sweetheart Bella Donna Bordeaux. The two were from rival guilds in New Orleans and their marriage was an effort to soothe the animosity between the gangs.

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Although Remy did seemingly have some feelings for Bella, their marriage didn’t last long. Realizing that he wanted to make his own life choices, Gambit left New Orleans and Bella as well.

From their first meeting to their marriage, Rogue and Gambit are rarely completely honest with each other. But, this also means they’re both naturally guarded and don’t trust people very easily.

Tons of fans were overjoyed by the change of plans, but we weren’t quite as ecstatic. When you take a look at how rocky Rogue and Gambit’s relationship has been in the past, marriage shouldn’t even be on the table.

The series X-Men: The End, written by Chris Claremont, ventures years into the future where the X-Men have (mostly) moved on from saving the world and are trying to raise families. However, if you’d like to see more of Gambit playing dad, check out the Genet series, which shows Old and Becky in their teens.

Immediately, Gambit was intensely attracted to her, but he refused to cheat on Rogue, even if Fox assured him that it would only be a physical relationship. Apparently, Mystique wanted to remove Gambit from Rogue’s life, since she thought he was bad news.

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In Grant Morrison’s run on New X-Men, Emma Frost and Cyclops had a hidden psychic affair behind Scott’s wife, Jean. For those who understand Rogue and Gambit’s plight, this telepathic touching sounds like the perfect plan.

By the time Emma quits working with them, she’s done more damage to their relationship than good. No one ever talks about Gambit’s strangest and most elusive power: hypnotic charm.

Nowadays, we can assume Gambit (most likely) doesn’t use this “talent” on Rogue, but he certainly might’ve when they first met. The age gap and the whole “Magneto is a super villain” thing makes a lot of fans rebuke the pairing.

We wouldn’t be surprised if Magneto showed up again, with plans of ruining Rogue’s marriage and taking her for himself. The villainous Shadow King had taken control of both Rogue and Gambit when they meet for the first time in the woods on Muir Island and, pretty spontaneously begin making out after a few minutes of intense flirting and witty banter.

This isn’t something either of them would have ordinarily done (we’re hoping) but when infected by the Shadow King’s presence, their morality was lax. After gaining control of her body again, Rogue forgot all about the incident, but, ironically enough, Gambit didn’t.

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Rogue and Gambit seem like they’re always together, thanks to some romantic variant covers and the massive amount of fan-fiction fans write about them. Both Rogue and Gambit tend to be pretty emotional and volatile people, so the second something goes wrong, they’re quick to call the whole relationship off.

Gambit one took Rogue in the animated show X-Men: Evolution and in the alternate Ultimate Universe. In both scenarios, Gambit turns out to be the relative “good guy” but we’re still pretty weirded out by his actions, especially in the Ultimate comics.

Unlike his friends, Gambit willingly became Death because he believed Apocalypse could help the mutant cause. The only thing that keeps him from totally succumbing to his Death persona is, ironically, the memory of Rogue.

The recent Rogue & Gambit and Mr. and Mrs. X series are unique in that they actually show this “famous” couple on panel together. Gambit appears every once in a while, but Rogue’s character (and impressive powers) are too important for writers to use as just a romantic prop.

She’s one of the most well-known characters in the Marvel universe, which means she has to spend a large amount of time on-panel -- more so than Gambit. Although Shadow King may have kick started Rogue and Gambit’s relationship, he also created one of their biggest disagreements.

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This caused a pretty big wedge in their relationship that lasts all the way up to Kelly Thompson’s recent Rogue & Gambit series. Gambit being dishonest with Rogue begins to be a trope after we see it happen again and again throughout the pages of Uncanny X-Men.

Alone and isolated in the wilderness, Rogue learns about Gambit’s dark past and becomes furious. The thing that makes Rogue and Gambit such an interesting character for readers is how, against all odds, they somehow always end up together -- even if they probably shouldn't.

Their relationship is tumultuous, full of dishonesty, verbal abuse, and just general dislike. They’ve been through more breakups than the average soap opera couple and are constantly at each other’s throats because of the tiniest things.

Her ability to absorb the powers and psyches of everyone she touches made her a pariah at a young age. As a teen, she accidentally put her boyfriend into a comma after kissing him which led her to think she would never be able to have normal relationships.

Rogue and Gambit met during the UNCANNY X-MEN “Muir Island Saga.” Soon after, they both joined the Blue Team in X-MEN #1 and began to admit a mutual attraction. X-MEN (1991) #8 / Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment Few comic couples have served up as much pure wit as Rogue and Gambit.

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It usually starts with Gambit saying some gross innuendo and Rogue firing back a sarcastic remark that leads to feisty bantering and, eventually, making up. Few characters could put up with Gambit’s incessant flirting and wittiness, yet Rogue matches everything he says perfectly.

For a lot of people, having a partner like that would be difficult, but since Rogue and Gambit both flirt this way, it works. ROGUE & GAMBIT #2 / Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment Their relationship also works well because of their similar backgrounds.

Although he did eventually become a force for good when he joined the X-Men, Gambit has always been viewed as an outsider who can’t be trusted. Mystique and her partner Destiny raised Rogue from a fairly young age.

Like Gambit, Rogue was raised thinking family and love were tied to power and immorality. UNCANNY X-MEN #297 / Courtesy of Marvel EntertainmentWhen the past does come back to haunt them, they have someone there who understands what they’re going through.

Nonetheless, there are a few that get past the normal twelve issue mark and stay together for the long run. They aren’t always romantically together, but even when they’re not an official couple, they’re usually still together in some capacity, whether as friends or teammates.

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Some of those events, such as when Rogue accidentally put Gambit in a comma after kissing him, aren’t exactly positive. Just like how their similar childhoods help them connect, their shared experiences as X-Men prove that their relationship is deeper than a fling.

With the way the series is looking, I definitely think a romantic Rogue and Gambit reunion is in the future. With rough pasts and even rougher accents, Rogue and Gambit were made for each other.

Nevertheless, I’m confident that ROGUE & GAMBIT’s Kelly Thompson will do the famous couple justice and bring them back to their former glory.

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