- Children. Vhen vill you learn?
- ―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. As the most conventionally superpowered 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.
Some time 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.'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 Madame 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. 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 out Robin, 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 overpowered and flash-frozen into an ice sculpture by Wildebeest, Hot Spot, and Jinx.
Teen Titans Go!
Rouge's 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.
Powers and abilities
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 also possesses enhanced strength, endurance and speed, and is capable of regeneration of vast physical damage to herself, including total dismemberment. Due to her body's malleability, however, Rouge is very sensitive to burning damage from extreme heat and cold.
As for more mundane skills, Madame Rouge is a master spy and infiltrator, and a dangerous hand-to-hand combatant.
- Madame Rouge is responsible for the death of Elasti-Girl 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.
- The Teen Titans animated series follows fairly closely to the comics, with the exception that Niles Caulder (AKA The Thief), 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.
- 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.
- Rouge is the French word for red, explaining her French accent. It is also the French word for cosmetic blush.