A few days ago on Twitter, I woke up to see what people were chatting about to see a conversation on how the leader of the X-Men, Cyclops, is boring, uninteresting and terrible. This is not the first time I’ve seen or had conversations involving Scott Summers and the character simply being hated for existing. But the problem I’ve had since I first started reading comics as a kid is that I can’t really figure out WHY people don’t like him. What does he do that makes him so hated among comic book fans? I’m going to try to pinpoint some reasons people may have a problem with him as well as discuss reasons I really have no issue with the man with the ruby-quartz sunglasses.
Reason He’s a Dick: He wears Sunglasses Indoors All the Time
In the real world there’s a very quick way to determine whether somebody is an asshole; if they wear sunglasses indoors, and Cyclops has to do this all the time. Due to an accident as a child, Cyclops can’t control his mutant powers to fire optical concussive blasts from his eyes and is forced to wear special Ruby-Quartz sunglasses which dampen his powers. This is because the beams in his eyes can’t damage that particular substance. This is also the substance his combat visor is made out of.
People immediately see Scott Summers enter a room and they have a disposition towards thinking he’s an asshole because he won’t take his sunglasses off. The truth is the sunglasses are the only thing keeping him from killing all you motherfuckers. Also, if everyone who wears sunglasses indoors is an asshole does that mean all blind people are assholes?
Reason He’s a Dick: Wolverine Can’t Tap Jean Grey’s Ass With Cyclops Around
Wolverine is arguably the most popular character to grace the pages of the X-Men, and I think people are conditioned to HATE Cyclops due to the fact that Wolverine wants to be with Jean Grey, Cyclops’ girlfriend and wife. I think the problem people have is that most comic book readers are not “ideal” human beings from what the media presents as “attractive.” So you have this guy, and he’s tall, in, shape, confident and has a hot wife… AND HE WEARS SUNGLASSES INDOORS, so you just… you hate him. Wolverine is short, hairy, smelly, smokes a lot of cigarettes (or did until they kind of put a damper on that in Marvel), drinks, and has no manners. Wolverine is what more comic book readers identify with (despite the fact that none of you are going to live like 400 years or are indestructible). They see Cyclops as a cockblocker, especially since a lot of the younger generations have been trained to believe Jean and Wolverine belong together, despite the fact that Cyclops and Jean had a relationship that has been responsible for more than half of the best X-men story arcs.
Later, comic books would put a bigger rift between Cyclops and Phoenix in order to give the fans what they want… another reason to hate Cyclops.
Reason He’s a Dick: He cheated on Jean Grey with Emma Frost
This one is hard to defend because I’ve always felt Emma Frost, the White Queen was a dirty fucking skank… and Cyclops cheated on Jean Grey, the MOST POWERFUL ENTITY ON THE PLANET with… a dirty fucking skank. I think maybe people thought this would endear Cyclops to the masses – I mean people fucking LOVE Bill Clinton and he’s a scummy cheater, too.
I think fans really got mad that it meant Cyclops didn’t bang one hot bitch, but two. And oddly enough there really wasn’t a whole lot of consequence to doing so for Cyclops in the long haul. He never really got quite enough come-uppance for cheating on his wife. It was just sort of “oh I’m with Emma Frost now” which may have just been a way to try to slow down Cyclops and Jean being the center of virtually every story arc in X-Men.
In theory the same fans who hated Cyclops for fucking Jean should have been happy this meant she was single, but instead they just got madder that he fucked Jean over. Still, can you really HATE Scott for this behavior? Jean dies like 4 times a year. That can get lonely. A man has needs! And before you say “he can bang the corpse then” keep in mind half the time when Jean dies her body isn’t even recovered!
Reason He’s a Dick: He’s Just Too Good of a Guy. He’s a Boyscout.
People hate Cyke because he’s an archetypical “good guy,” or at least he started out as one. It’s difficult to be loved when you share the team with a guy who can turn into metal, a rude guy who heals fast and has giant claws, an Asian woman with her big ass always hanging out of her costume, a guy who can turn playing cards into a deadly weapon and a woman who comes back from the dead 57 times a year and can destroy entire solar systems with her mind. Cyclops isn’t as flawed as some of the other X-Men like Nightcrawler and Beast who have deformities from keeping them out of the public (other than that whole “has to wear sunglasses all the time” thing). Because of that, people hate him. “He’s just too much of a golden boy.”
Since then Marvel has done plenty to shed this image – As previously mentioned he cheated on his wife. In another dimension he was a long-haired, one-eyed servant of Apocalypse and a villain. Hell, in the main dimension Apocalypse actually took over his body at one point. He’s turned darker, grittier, evicted Xavier from his own mansion, later KILLED Charles Xavier himself, has aligned himself with Magneto, withdrawn from the human race, put Mutant-kind above everybody else, yet all for “a greater good.” You don’t get much more flawed than that. Yet now it’s just “oh well he’s a dick for all of that.” The guy can’t win!
Reason He’s a Dick: Because He’s the Boss.
Leaders aren’t always popular – the reason is they have to make the decisions nobody else wants to. A lot of people hate that Cyclops is the leader of the team. A lot of people hate when he makes a decision – but that’s the burden of leadership. You may not like or agree with it but it’s respectable that the guy is in the toughest role on the team: keeping the sinking ship together at all times; even Charles doesn’t have that luxury because Charles Xavier does shit like take random vacations in space, get infected by Broodlings, dies, or becomes Onslaught for no reason whatsoever. Cyke is the guy making the decisions that Gambit is too stupid to make, Bishop is too unstable from time travel to make, Wolverine is too violent to make, Colossus is too… umm… gay to make, Jean is too dead to make, and because Storm is too busy taking it in the ass from Black Panther to make.
Reason He’s a Dick: White Male Privilege
Clearly the problem with Cyclops is that he is white, and male. How dare he? I’m sure there’s a Tumblr dedicated to being mad at him for these very reasons. He is everything the modern era of the world hates.
So now it’s time to talk about reasons Cyclops isn’t really that big a dick that nobody gives him credit for. Because the guy has a lot of things he has brought to the table that people seem to overlook – this guy really isn’t as horrible as people make him out to be.
Because He Pilots the Blackbird
You almost never see anyone else piloting the fucking thing. Summers is a master pilot. He can even pilot space-ships. Can YOU pilot a space ship? No? Then fuck you.
He’s Not Afraid to Wear the Worst Shit in Comic Books
Whether it’s wearing yellow underwear on the outside of his costume, or dressing like a full-body condom, Cyclops will don the worst outfits in X-Men history, look his opponents in the face and basically say “come at me bro.” And usually he wins!
Cyclops is just great to use in any fighting game he’s ever been in. That optic blast it out of control in all the Street Fighter/Capcom vs. games. Put him, Iron Man, and Cable on a Marvel vs. Capcom 2 team and you have a projectile hater’s worst nightmare. It’s a thing of beauty. Actually… that’s probably ANOTHER REASON why people hate him; because people like me actively use him all the time in fighting games just to fireball you to death.
Loyal To a Fault (or used to be)
Until the comics bent over and took it for all the fans that whined about how boring he was Cyclops had a very important trait that people in today’s society do not have – a trait which is probably why he was so hated to begin with: Loyalty. Cyclops was always by the side of Charles Xavier. Cyclops would always do whatever he could to protect his teammates, friends, family and mentor. Cyclops in many ways was a perfect solider. He was a true student of Xavier’s teachings. It wasn’t until we started finding out that Xavier wasn’t always honest with Cyclops that things started to change. Maybe one of the reasons I liked Cyclops so much is because he almost never threw his teammates under a bus.
…except that time he thought about having a truck fall on Gambit in a Danger Room simulation.
HIS SPERM CREATED MOTHERFUCKIN’ CABLE.
No Cyclops means no Cable.
I think the video above is a better explanation of this than anything I could possibly type.
And that’s about it. I don’t think Cyclops is so bad in the grand scheme of things. He’s a leader, a fighter, a father, a soldier, and the most important ranked member of the X-Men not named Professor X. Without Cyclops we wouldn’t have had some of the great story arcs of the X-Men series. He’s an iconic character whether you love him or you hate him and his existence while grotesque and incomprehensible to you gets the X-Men through their difficult times and deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties you WANT Cyclops to be the leader of the X-Men and you NEED Cyclops to be the leader of the X-Men.
Besides, there are far, far more USELESS X-Men characters to direct your hate to, such as the ones in this article (that means click here). In the meantime if you really must chime in your opinions on Cyclops you can do it in the comments section or just get into the debate on our official forums in the topic dedicated to it (click HERE).
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