- Vhen vill the children learn? No von escapes the reach of Madame Rouge!
- — Madame Rouge[src]
Nothing is known of Madame Rouge's past before she joined the Brotherhood of Evil as their co-leader and master spy. Although according to DC records, she is a former actress/teacher. As the most conventionally super-powered of the core Brotherhood, the Brain viewed Rouge as one of his most valuable agents and sent her out on special missions. She soon gained a widespread reputation for being one of the most ruthless and relentless villainesses around.
After the Teen Titans and the Doom Patrol had defeated the Brotherhood's latest scheme, the Brain decided that the Titans, with their youthful unpredictability, were now their most dangerous enemies. To facilitate his plan to eliminate the next generation of young superheroes, he sent out Rouge to capture the Titans Communicator from Honorary Titan Wildebeest; however, Rouge failed when Wildebeest dropped his communicator off a cliff. She targeted Hot Spot next, and after much effort, aided considerably by her shape-shifting abilities, she was given a new communicator by Robin after she had posed as Hot Spot. Madame Rouge took the defeated Wildebeest and Hot Spot to the Brotherhood of Evil's base to be flash-frozen as victory trophies.
Sometime later, the H.I.V.E. Five captured Kid Flash. Their leader Jinx had been idolizing Madame Rouge, and she contacted her to deliver Kid Flash in order to rise into the Brotherhood's ranks and gain Rouge's respect. Before Rouge arrived at the H.I.V.E. Five's hideout, Kid Flash managed to escape, and derisively dismissing the villainous youths, Jinx included, as incompetent children, Rouge went after Kid Flash herself. Kid Flash just barely managed to get away from her, only to be captured by Jinx; but as Jinx prepared to surrender him to Madam Rouge, the villainess struck her down and demeaned her efforts and idolizing. Fed up with this treatment, and touched by Kid Flash's efforts to make her renounce her life of crime, Jinx allowed the young hero to get away and struck Rouge down as she attempted to hit her again. Ironically, this made Rouge willing to re-evaluate Jinx, but it was too late: Jinx left the H.I.V.E. Five and her life as a villainess behind and joined Kid Flash.
When the Brotherhood executed the world-wide strike against the Titans and their allies, Rouge took on Robin, while taunting him on his giving her the communicator instead of Hot Spot. They fought and she overpowered him but could not stop him from setting the communicators to self-destruct, preventing any further attempts by the Brain to track their movements. When the remaining Titans under Beast Boy's leadership attacked the Brotherhood's base, Rouge was seen battling Pantha. She started to tease the Brain about his plan failing, and when Mas y Menos unfroze the captured Titans, Madame Rouge decided to do things her way and was instantly tackled by Starfire. As the Brotherhood's members dwindled, Madame Rouge seemed confident that she could take all of them, but Hot Spot and Wildebeest tackled her. Jinx showed up and trapped Madame Rouge's legs in the ground and Wildebeest and Hot Spot threw her straight into the freeze ray, earning their payback for being captured and ending her acts of cruelty. She was frozen alongside the other frozen villains and her teammates of the Brotherhood of Evil.
Teen Titans Go!Rouge also appears in the Teen Titans Go! comic series, first in a flashback in issue #28. She has also turned up in Justice League Adventures, more closely resembling her mainstream comics appearance.
She appeared again in issue #46 Wildfire. Starfire was wondering what had happened to her brother a long time ago, but she saw him come out of a pod that shot towards Earth. After a heartwarming reunion, she introduced him to the other Titans and they had a party at Titans Tower. However, after everybody went to bed, Wildfire started attacking the Titans (Raven and Cyborg). Starfire confronted him, and she discovered that her "brother" was, in fact, Madame Rouge in disguise. It turns out that Blackfire, Starfire's evil sister, had hired Madame Rouge to kill Starfire. Afterward, Blackfire was thrown in jail once again, and Starfire denounces her as a sister and vows to find Wildfire one day.
Her hairstyle is similar to Molly Mange's Metalhead style from SWAT Kats, and resemblance to the main villain from Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (which was released two or three years later). She also is not wearing her mainstream counterpart outfit and wearing an outfit that is sometimes seen on The Batman or even found in shows such as Jackie Chan Adventures.
She has a slender appearance, though her powers change her shape at will. She even has a head shape similar to the older folk on Ben 10: Alien Force, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien and Ben 10: Omniverse, or even on the rest of Derrek. J. Wyatt's TV shows such as Transformers Animated or Scooby-Doo: Mystery Inc. or even a character from the Yo-Kai Watch anime.
Madame Rouge is one of the most ruthless and sadistic characters in the animated series. She is very arrogant and believes herself to be superior over most of her opponents. A prime example of this is at the end of "Titans Together" when she was one of the last villains standing.
She seemed very confident that she could take on the Titans by herself, though this led to her downfall. Rouge also has a bit of a rebellious streak, as she doubts the Brain's plans from Trust to Titans Together, and she finally says that she will do things "her way" after the captured Titans were released. Rouge despises children as well. She thinks that they are quite useless (shown in 'Lightspeed') and thinks that only she and the Brotherhood leaders are worthy of being "true villains". Due to her extreme arrogance, she is snotty and quite a snob which matches her stereotypical RUSSIAN accent.
Powers and abilities
- I am whatever I wish to be.
- — Madame Rouge[src]
Madame Rouge possesses total control over her body structure, enabling her to change her shape and appearance at will. She is a master of disguise, able to assimilate even the voice of the persons she imitates and may stretch her limbs across long distances. She appears to be able to stretch very fast, even faster than Kid Flash can run, as shown in the episode "Lightspeed" when she stopped him in his tracks many times just by stretching her arms. Rouge is also able to stretch her torso in such a way that she can physically absorb an enemy, as demonstrated in "Trust".
Rouge also possesses enhanced strength, endurance, and speed, and is capable of regeneration of vast physical damage to herself, including total dismemberment. While not being the strongest villain out there, she is able to punch holes in brick walls with little effort, and she was able to knock over an entire building with one kick. Due to her body's malleability, however, Rouge is vulnerable to heat and cold, which made her vulnerable to Hot Spot and let him last against her as long as he did.
As for more mundane skills, Madame Rouge is a master spy and infiltrator, and a dangerous hand-to-hand combatant. Her ruthlessness has granted her the power of intimidation. Almost every Titan she's fought has shown signs of fear when confronted by her.
When fighting someone or something hot, like Hot Spot, she starts to melt, which also could ruin her disguise if in one.
- "Homecoming - Part 2"
- "Hide and Seek" (Mentioned)
- "Calling All Titans!"
- "Titans Together"
- "Things Change" (Mentioned)
Teen Titans Go!
- Madame Rouge is responsible for the deaths of Elasti-Girl, Negative Man, and Robot Man in the mainstream comics. Later, she is accidentally killed by Beast Boy, who blames her for what happened.
- Rouge's character is similar to Natasha Fatale from Rocky and Bullwinkle.
- She is the first female main antagonist.
- The character Irina Spalko in Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull bears a strong resemblance. Both have Eastern European accents, and both have high positions in the organizations they are a part of (Spalko for the Soviets, Rouge for the Brotherhood), but Spalko is constantly seen wearing a Soviet uniform while Rouge wears her skirted jumpsuit.
- The Teen Titans animated series follows fairly closely to the comics, with the exception that Niles Caulder (AKA The Chief), Rouge's love interest, has not been shown to exist, and her original character's split personality has been totally discarded.
- Madame Rouge had a daughter named Gemini in the comics. But in the animated series, she never appeared nor was mentioned.
- Madame Rouge was a former French actress in the comics; she developed a dual (good/evil) personality and was subsequently recruited into the Brotherhood of Evil, where the Brain forced her to become evil through surgery.
- Even though she was a member of the Brotherhood of Evil, she does not appear as a boss in Teen Titans 2 for the Game Boy Advance.
- While Rouge is the French word for red and also the French word for cosmetic blush (all in all, her name being French), her accent in the show is more Eastern European than French.
- She also resembles one of the highest witches in the movie The Witches inspired by Roald Dahl's book.
- She shares many similarities with the character I-no from the Guilty Gear game series:
- Both dresses in red and have similar hairstyles and facial features.
- Both are ruthless and cruel.
- Both are key characters inside the group they belong to (Rouge to the Brotherhood of Evil, and I-no to "That Man's" group).
- Both have an unrevealed past.
- She also has similarities with Mystique from Marvel's X-Men series.
- Both are shapeshifters.
- Both are ruthless and cruel.
- Both are key characters inside the group they belong to (Rouge to the Brotherhood of Evil, Mystique to the Brotherhood of Mutants).