Rogue and Gambit are, undoubtedly, one of the most famous X-Men couples ever, but what makes them so great? 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.

According to the last issue of their new miniseries, they can’t even agree on when they officially met each other. Of course, they’re also pretty adorable. Still, with the amount of dysfunction between the two, they don’t exactly seem like the most compatible pair. If ROGUE & GAMBIT is telling us anything, it’s that these two are perfect together and here’s why.

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1. Rogue’s Powers Never Scare Gambit Off

Rogue’s life isn’t easy. 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 coma after kissing him which led her to think she would never be able to have normal relationships. Gambit changed that.

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. From there, their relationship has gone up and down, however, one thing has never changed: Gambit’s never been afraid to touch Rogue. That might not seem like a huge deal; however, after what she did to her first boyfriend as a teenager, it’s clear that Gambit is constantly taking a huge risk every time he’s with Rogue. For him, the risk is worth it.

Rogue and Gambit
X-MEN (1991) #8 / Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

2. Their Sarcasm is Evenly Matched

Few comic couples have served up as much pure wit as Rogue and Gambit. 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. 

Even in their first encounter (or one version of it), their flirting is entirely built on back and forth wordplay. Since they can’t always have a physical relationship, these humorous exchanges help build a connection between the two. Although sometimes their remarks seem caustic, I think most of the time they’re just trying to flirt with each other in the only ways they know how.

Neither of them had the best home lives, with a murderous villain raising Rogue and a band of thieves raising Gambit. Because of this, they don’t always show their affection in stereotypical ways. 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 and Gambit
ROGUE & GAMBIT #2 / Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

3. They’ve Gone Through Similar Struggles

Their relationship also works well because of their similar backgrounds. Both characters have had to struggle with abandonment and morality because of their difficult childhoods. Gambit’s parents gave him away at birth because of his red eyes. Since no one wanted him, the Thieves Guild gang of New Orleans raised him as a criminal. 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.

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Mystique and her partner Destiny raised Rogue from a fairly young age. Mystique used Rogue’s powerful mutant ability to make her terrorist organization, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, more successful. Like Gambit, Rogue was raised thinking family and love were tied to power and immorality. For the most part, Rogue and Gambit have defeated the demons of their pasts, however, occasionally, their lives as young orphans doing evil things for evil people still affect them.

Rogue and Gambit
UNCANNY X-MEN #297 / Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

When the past does come back to haunt them, they have someone there who understands what they’re going through. I think they rely on that aspect of their relationship a lot. As superheroes, they go through a lot of trauma and having someone there to talk to is important.

4. They Have a Lot of History

Most comic book relationships come and go. Like Kitty Pryde and Iceman, or Kitty and Star-Lord, or really Kitty with anyone besides Colossus. Nonetheless, there are a few that get past the normal twelve issue mark and stay together for the long run. Since their first introduction almost thirty years ago, Rogue and Gambit have always been together. 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.

So many of the major events in their lives as X-Men are connected by a single thread: each other. Some of those events, such as when Rogue accidentally put Gambit in a coma after kissing him, aren’t exactly positive. However, they still show how developed their relationship is. Just like how their similar childhoods help them connect, their shared experiences as X-Men prove that their relationship is deeper than a fling.

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5. They’re Each Other’s Best Friend

This last one may come as a surprise since we’re talking about a romantic relationship. Just remember that the foundation for romance is, undoubtedly, friendship. After all, how can you love someone if you don’t like them? At the root of Rogue and Gambit’s complicated relationship, they are best friends. They really care about one another

The ROGUE & GAMBIT miniseries proves this better than any other comic. Their relationship is rocky in the miniseries. However, they’re still quick to admit that they’re best friends no matter what. With the way the series is looking, I definitely think a romantic Rogue and Gambit reunion is in the future. I’ll definitely be glad to see that happen. Still, it’s also nice to see them interact as friends.

Rogue and Gambit
ROGUE & GAMBIT #1 / Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

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Rogue and Gambit aren’t the most polished X-Men couple (not like a certain visor wearing mutant and his redheaded SO) but they’re perfectly matched. With rough pasts and even rougher accents, Rogue and Gambit were made for each other. Aside from their miniseries, Rogue and Gambit haven’t seen a lot of panel time since Rogue is now with the Avengers and Gambit is still with the X-Men. 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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