|This character exists primarily or exclusively within the Post-Super Genesis Wave continuity.|
Information in this article may not be canonical to the storyline of the games or any other Sonic continuity.
- For the version of this character before the Super Genesis Wave, see Rouge the Bat (Pre-Super Genesis Wave).
Rouge the Bat is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-off comic series published by Archie Comics. She is an anthropomorphic bat who is both a part-time government agent and occasional jewel thief. She occasionally works as a spy directly under the President and is often involved in events concerning G.U.N.. She also tends to get involved in illegal activities, as she has an affinity for adventure and gems. Rouge later joined Team Dark and began working directly under G.U.N. along with Shadow the Hedgehog and E-123 Omega.
Thief Turned Agent
Rouge first became involved with Dr. Eggman's campaign to conquer Mobius when the two of them both invaded Angel Island in an attempt to seize the Master Emerald. Knuckles the Echidna chose to shatter the Emerald and scatter its fragments across the planet rather than let either thief seize it, prompting Rouge to set out in search of the broken pieces. In the course of her quest she entered into an alliance with Eggman, and thus became acquainted with Shadow the Hedgehog. After operating with these new allies for some time, Rouge engaged Knuckles in a final confrontation, after which she decided to cede the Master Emerald fragments she had collected to him. She and her allies then teamed up with Knuckles, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Miles "Tails" Prower in order to save the planet from the threat of Space Colony ARK's plummet, which resulted in Shadow's apparent death. However, after infiltrating one of Eggman's bases in search of treasure, Rouge discovered Shadow in a stasis capsule, and inadvertently awakened E-123 Omega by releasing him. The amnesiac Shadow and the rebellious robot were persuaded to join forces by Rouge, the trio becoming Team Dark. Working alongside-and at times against-Team Sonic, Team Chaotix, and Team Rose, they eventually participated in a final battle against Metal Overlord, the mutated form of Metal Sonic.
During the Black Arms Invasion of the planet, Rouge operated as an agent of G.U.N., fighting against the alien invaders. She and several other natives of the planet eventually boarded the Black Comet, where they were rendered helpless by a paralyzing neurotoxin. Fortunately Shadow, who had been somewhat divided over his connections to the Black Arms, rebelled and fought against Black Doom, eventually transforming into Super Shadow in order to fight against Devil Doom. Then, during a time travel adventure-the events of which were later erased-she and her teammates worked together against Mephiles, a monstrous being who took Shadow's form. When it became known that a possible future would see Shadow betrayed and captured by a reprogrammed Omega, Rouge vowed that she would always stand with their Hedgehog friend. Later, she was among the friends and allies of Sonic scattered across time by the machinations of two versions of Eggman and the power of the Time Eater. Yet another adventure saw her involved with the Wisps, an alien race that Eggman sought to prey upon.
Trouble on Two Worlds
- Due to Eggman and Wily rewriting the history of Rouge's world, Rouge's history and memories were changed to be nearly identical to that of her game counterpart's.
In the altered reality created by the second Genesis Wave, Rouge traveled to the Skull Egg Zone and boarded the Wily Egg in order to interfere with Eggman and Dr. Wily's operations. She conversed with Dr. Light, giving him info about the doc's plans. While she managed to do some damage, she was subsequently attacked by Metal Sonic and Bass, who pursued her to a laboratory aboard the flying fortress. In an effort to distract her pursuers, she released a creature created by the evil doctors known as the Chaos Devil. Unfortunately, the creature ended up capturing her and Metal Sonic, and upon being spit out by the creature on the orders of the evil scientists Rouge was captured. She revealed to Eggman that her main reason for coming against him was payback for his kidnapping of Shadow, which prompted Eggman to order that she be subjected to the same fate he had met: becoming one of the Roboticized Masters.
Turned into Rouge Woman, she led the Robot Master Army. However, she was quickly deroboticized by Mega Man using his Sonic Shot. She joined the team and was pleased that Dr. Light was safe. She battled Gemini Man, and received some help with Dr. Light's makeshift buster when the alter-images of the robot were frustrating her. She also fought Jewel Man, and tried to pull of his ruby-head until the Super Genesis Wave washed over the two universes. As Sonic tried to undo the process hover, Eggman interfered, resulting in extreme changes to Rouge's multiverse...
Shadow Fall and Total Eclipse
- Note: From the readers point of view, this picks up from where Rouge's original timeline ended.
In the early stages of the Shattered World Crisis, Team Dark was called in for a briefing regarding an unpleasant surprise: the presence of a New Black Comet approaching Mobius. Rouge and her teammates were given the task-alongside Spider Troupe-of planting a nuclear device aboard the comet to destroy it. Rouge and Omega were taken into confidence by Commander Abraham Tower, who recalled that Shadow had been involved with the Black Arms during their first invasion. Boarding the comet, they set out to find the best location to plant the device, only for Shadow-much to Rouge's frustration-to set out on his own. Rouge, Omega, and Spider Troupe were then threatened by the same neurotoxin that had previously paralyzed her. However, utilizing an Air Necklace, Rouge kept her lungs clear while the members of Spider Troupe used rebreathers built into their helmets. Unfortunately, the G.U.N. troops were then menaced by several groups of Black Arms, the final being led by Shadow himself, brainwashed by the Black Arms' new leader Black Death and the monstrous Eclipse the Darkling. (SU: #59, #60)
Rouge and Omega were forced to battle Shadow, and managed to break him free from the spell he was under. They then went to the aid of Spider Troupe while he went after Black Death, and were forced to engage Eclipse the Darkling in battle. However, Eclipse was pulled from the fight by Death's Eye, Black Death sensing that defeat was imminent, and Shadow subsequently destroyed the alien leader. The reunited Team Dark and Spider Troupe accomplished their mission and returned to Mobius, but Eclipse and his Dark Arms managed to escape. Dr. Julian Snively later calculated that their escape craft had landed on Angel Island, and Team Dark was dispatched to destroy the last surviving remnants of the Black Arms. Their shuttle landed at Launch Base Zone, and deployed a tele-pod robot that allowed Snively two-way communication with them. Despite Shadow's objections and Snively's attempts at giving orders, Rouge led the group to find Knuckles on Shrine Island in order to request his help. There they met Knuckles' allies Relic the Pika and Fixit, and Rouge briefly accused-albeit teasingly-Knuckles of being in a relationship with the former. However, Eclipse soon made his presence known, and it was decided that Rouge and Omega would seek him out with Knuckles while Shadow remained behind to guard the Master Emerald. (SU: #61, #62, #67)
The unlikely trio soon located Eclipse's downed vessel in Red Mountain Zone, though Rouge found time to question whether or not Knuckles was happy with his life on the island. Noting that her own chosen profession wasn't all-consuming as Knuckles' duty seemed to be, Rouge became curious whether or not Knuckles wanted anything else in his life. Unfortunately, they were then alerted to an attack on the Master Emerald Shrine by Eclipse, and flew back to help Shadow only to find that he had managed to drive Eclipse off for the time being. Shadow then stunned his teammates-and enraged Knuckles-by insisting that the Master Emerald be transported to a G.U.N. facility for safe-keeping while Knuckles and his friends were evacuated. Knuckles responded by engaging the Hedgehog in battle, with Rouge refusing either to interfere or to go along with Shadow's plan, as she felt that Knuckles should have a say in the matter. However, Eclipse then arrived with the Dark Arms, disabling Omega with Blurk before calling upon Cregal's powers to battle Rouge in the air. With her shoulder dislocated, Snively's pod destroyed, and Relic and Fixit at Eclipse's mercy, Rouge revealed the location of the craft she and her teammates had arrived on. As Eclipse left with the Master Emerald, Rouge then mused on their desperate straits. (SU: #68, #69)
After having Omega pop her shoulder back into place, Rouge responded to a hail from Shadow, and informed him that Eclipse had obtained the Emerald and was on his way to their shuttle. Once Shadow and Knuckles had been thoroughly chastened for their pig-headedness, they moved to intercept Eclipse while Rouge and the others entered a secret enclave to activate some of the island's traps. Their efforts slowed Eclipse down long enough for Shadow and Knuckles to catch him, and Knuckles once again shattered the Master Emerald to keep it from the two intruding forces. Eclipse managed to escape, but G.U.N. forces soon arrived to collect his old escape craft under Snively's supervision. Rouge wished Knuckles luck in his efforts to recover the Emerald shards, and was then amused when the Echidna instructed her to "Tell Shadow he's a jerk." (SU: #70)
Rouge is a strong-minded young woman, a fearless, ambitious, independent, flirtatious, greedy, ruthless, calculating narcissist who most people see as only caring for herself and her gems. Despite this, she can be helpful and affectionate in her own way, usually towards a select few. She is not above using seduction and manipulation to get what she wants, and is willing to be dishonest and even treacherous should the situation require it with little if any qualms. She is fully aware of her image and will often appear to be sweet when at her most cruel. However, she has, on occasion, shown that she can be heroic and a touch ethical, even if it meant sacrificing something she really wanted to get her hands on.
While she covers it up with a sassy, sarcastic demeanor, Rouge does possess a caring side beyond her thieving, double-dealing ways. While underhanded, she is also usually capable of recognizing true evil when she sees it. Of course, her care is usually reserved for those close to her.
Powers and abilities
Being a bat, Rouge is able to fly and glide. She is a skilled fighter who specializes in kicks. Working as both a spy and a thief, she is also been shown to have a knack for espionage, manipulation, sneaking and computer hacking. She's also shown being competent in operating a variety of vehicles such as space shuttles.
- G.U.N. (employer)
- Team Sonic
- Team Rose
- Unlike in other media, Rouge has been drawn with her eyes completely open in many issues of the comic series.