Fighting a dirty war in the future...
Debuting in 2000 AD in 1981, Rogue Trooper was the creation of Gerry Finley-Day and Dave Gibbons. The character had been inspired by responses to a poll in the comic, revealing readers wanted to see 'future war' and were hankering after a new character in the Judge Dredd mould.
Rogue Trooper was a Genetic Infantryman (GI), one of a number of blue-skinned soldiers created to survive the poisoned atmosphere of Nu-Earth, where a perpetual war raged between the Norts and Southers. When his comrades are massacred by the Norts in an ambush, he embarks on a mission to track down the traitor general who sold them out.
Along the way, Rogue's accompanied by 'biochip' versions of his deceased buddies, downloaded into his gun, rifle and backpack.
His first mission concluded in 1985, when he finally caught up with the traitor. Since then the character has been reinvented several times, but has never recaptured his initial lustre.
In 2006, Eidos released a computer game based on the series.
Work nominated by orwellian.