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Rogue Trooper (Rogue)

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Real name
Trooper R20
Current alias
Aliases
Rogue
Alignment
Affiliation
Genetic Infantry
Relatives
Tor Cyan (clone)
Universe
Base of operations

Characteristics
Gender
Hair
Skin
Status
Citizenship
Marital status
Occupation
Soldier
Education
Origin
Origin
Product of genetic engineering
Place of birth
First appearance
Death

2000 AD prog 228 (1981)
2000 AD prog 949

History

The Rogue Trooper was the eponymous protagonist of the 2000 AD strip Rogue Trooper, apart from when it was Friday (see below). Rogue was one of the Genetic Infantry or G.I.s, bred to fight in the endless war between the Norts and the Southers on the planet Nu Earth. A creation of the Souther side's scientists at their orbital base, Milli-Com, the G.I.s were genetically engineered to survive unaided in the poisonous wasteland that Nu Earth had become, where regular soldiers could not survive without all-enveloping 'chem suits'.

When the rest of the male G.I.s (the females were used on Milli-Com as support staff) were all killed on airborne assault in what became known as the Quartz Zone Massacre, Rogue discovered that a traitor at Milli-Com, one of the generals, had betrayed them. Taking up the helmet, rifle and backpack of three of his murdered friends, containing the 'biochips' (digitally preserved minds) of the three — Gunnar, Helm and Bagman— Rogue went AWOL to track down and kill the Traitor General. He intended afterwards to return his 'biochip buddies' to Milli-Com where they could be 're-gened' (given new cloned bodies) by the 'Gene Genies' (scientists).

After several adventures, and encounters with oddball characters like the body looters Mr Brass and Mr Bland, the chem-nurse Sister Sledge, the fanatical G.I. Major Magnam (whose chip had been preserved in his handgun) and the female G.I. Venus Bluegenes, Rogue eventually succeeded in his quest. He later went to work for Milli-Com again in another warzone but was eventually contacted by a mysterious race of aliens who wanted him to assassinate a number of high ranking Nort and Souther officers in order to end the war. Rogue and the biochips agreed to do this and went AWOL again, but eventually discovered that they were being manipulated.

With the biochips placed in new, infant clone bodies supposedly with no memory of their former lives (and hence, in Rogue's eyes, a second chance at innocence), Rogue left his boys with a couple of benevolent scientists and walked off into the wilderness.

Years later, having been reunited with the now adult again Gunnar, Helm and Bagman and with Venus Bluegenes under unrevealed circumstances, Rogue encounterd the second generation G.I. named Friday, who had also been manipulated by his superiors and gone rogue. They embarked on a mission together, but Helm was killed and Gunnar reduced to biochip status and placed in his gun again when they invaded an alien spaceship. Friday and Venus escaped, taking Gunnar with them, but Rogue and Bagman were left on the sabotaged ship which blew up minutes later, taking them with it. They held hands as they died.

Rogue's remains (and his mangled biochip) were later discovered by an alien life form which used his DNA as the template to create a new clone, the man named Tor Cyan.

Powers and abilities

Powers

Able to survive in environments toxic to normal humans, owing to immunity to all choking agents, incapacitating agents, psycho agents, toxic agents and nerve agents. Can sprint for sixteen hours non-stop.

Abilities

Like all G.I.s, Rogue's brain contained an implanted 'biochip' into which his mind would be downloaded at the moment of his physical death. The dying G.I.s comrades then had sixty seconds in which to remove the chip from the brain and place it in a special slot in a piece of their equipment where it would continue to 'live' in a digitized state until a new clone body could be provided. If left unhoused longer than sixty seconds, the biochip would 'die'.

Strength level

Greater than normal human.

Paraphernalia

Equipment

Helmet containing sensors which could be used by a biochip, and backpack containing numerous items of equipment and weaponry including grenades and mines, any of which could be deployed remotely also by a biochip.

Transportation

Mostly walks.

Weapons

Rifle containing the biochip of his comrade, Gunnar, which the chip could activate remotely if Rogue was incapacitated.

Notes

  • Rogue occasionally appears in flashbacks in Gordon Rennie's Jaegir, whose protagonist thinks of him as "the blue-skinned nightmare that was created just to take Nort lives" (2000 AD prog 1895).
  • A member of the Genetic Infantry turned up in an eminently forgettable Judge Dredd story ('Warzone', which started in the Judge Dredd Megazine #240). He had blue skin and white hair, and was described as being from the Genetic Infantry, but he was also a hulking brute with extremely low intelligence and a compulsion to collect the ears of his slain enemies. Grud only knows what was going on there...

Trivia

  • Rogue's blood sugar is half the normal level.

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