When people talk about romances in the world of the X-Men, the fixation is often on the love triangle between Jean Grey, Scott Summers, and Wolverine. Once Jean Grey’s absence from comic books became much more long term, Scott and Emma Frost found themselves in a relationship.
While Scott’s love life is constantly at the forefront of the X-Men, the relationship between Rogue and Gambit is far more interesting. This is in no small part due to the fact that Rogue cannot have physical contact with anyone. For that reason alone, it’s hard to imagine things working out, though there are others.
10 BREAK UP: Better Options
Rogue and Gambit have been involved in an on again, off again relationship for several years, long enough that you have to wonder if it could even possibly work out. Frankly, there has to be better options for both of them around. Age of Apocalypse showed fans what a relationship between Rogue and Magneto would look like. They both seemed pretty happy. Gambit, on the other hand, is a handsome Southerner who can charm pretty much anyone. He’d be quick to bounce back if Rogue moved on.
9 PERFECT: Inherent Romance
There is something inherently romantic about the duo’s story. Rouge is a woman burdened by a mutant power that absorbs the memories, life force and even superpowers of anyone she touches.
Gambit is rakish, suave former thief trying to to live life on the right side of the law. They found each other on the X-Men, fighting for the future of their own species. That’s about as stirring a romance as you’re going to find.
8 BREAK UP: Too Similar
In some ways, Rogue and Gambit are a little too similar to be a couple. They can both be a little impulsive and stubborn, attributes that often get them in trouble. What each one of them needs is someone to temper their more negative traits, not unconsciously encourage them and feed off of them. There’s something to be said for being in a relationship with someone who can call you out when you’re being ridiculous and calm you down.
7 PERFECT: Shared Struggle
As mutants and members of the X-Men, Rogue and Gambit are well acquainted with the struggles built into their lives. They understand the problems facing mutants around the world.
If they were in long term relationships with non-mutants or even mutants who weren’t involved in the superhero lifestyle, that would be a difficult set of hurdles to get over. A lot of superheroes have seen relationships with civilians fall apart due to their lives in spandex.
6 BREAK UP: Gambit Lies
It’s a pretty simple issue that can be summed up by two words; Gambit lies. A former thief, he made a life for himself as a criminal before signing on with the X-Men. But Charles Xavier is usually one to offer seconds chances so Gambit’s criminal past wasn’t really an issue. The lies he told about it were, though. One of the worst was in regards to his involvement with Mister Sinister and the Marauders massacring the Morlocks. When the truth came out, that was hard to come back from.
5 PERFECT: Teammates
When you’re in a relationship with a superhero, mutant or otherwise, you have to understand the lifestyle. They can be called off at a moment’s notice to defend the planet from an incoming threat. It can be hard, wondering if the person you love is coming back this time and even harder to share your lives together.
For Rogue and Gambit, being teammates means understanding the realities of the lifestyle, and hopefully being able to accept them a bit easier.
4 BREAK UP: Teammates
All of that being said, there’s also such a thing as spending too much time together. Rogue and Gambit work together, train together and live together. Conversations over the dinner table would be incredibly boring as they had the exact same experiences that day. They were both there when Beast caught fire in the Danger Room and they fought Apocalypse together. Meals would probably end up being spaghetti enjoyed with a side of awkward silence.
3 PERFECT: Checkered Pasts
Gambit’s past life as a thief is a huge part of his backstory but Rogue’s past might actually be a little darker in some ways. She was originally a villain, working alongside Mystique in the nefarious Brotherhood of Mutants. At one point, Rogue jumped Carol Danvers, absorbed her powers and threw Carol off the Golden Gate Bridge. This is how Rogue acquired her abilities of flight, invulnerability and strength. Both of them being reformed criminals gives them the ability to accept each other’s past mistakes.
2 BREAK UP: Rogue’s Powers
The biggest hurdle to a relationship between these two is Rogue’s mutant abilities. Simply put, if they touch, Gambit loses his memories and powers, hopefully temporarily. That’s the best-case scenario. The worst-case scenario could put Gambit in a coma or even kill him. It’s not just an issue of Gambit not being able to become intimate with Rogue. The bigger issue is Rogue carrying the burden of accidentally hurting someone she cares about so much.
1 PERFECT: They Get Each Other
It all comes down to understanding each other, which Rogue and Gambit do. They understand each other’s criminal pasts. They understand what it means to be a mutant in a world that generally hates you. They understand what it means to use your powers to fight the good fight and the dangers that come with that life. Most importantly, Gambit understands Rogue’s powers and seems to believe Rogue is worth the risk. That says it all right there.
Are Rogue and Gambit the perfect couple, or should they break up? There are reasons either way…