Cyclops (comics)

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Cyclops (Scott Summers) is a fictional character, a superhero who is the field leader of the X-Men in the Marvel Comics Universe. A mutant, Cyclops produces a powerful beam with great destructive power from his eyes referred to as an "optic blast". In uniform, he wears a unique ruby quartz battle visor with a lens which runs from eye-to-eye giving him a one-eyed appearance, hence the codename "Cyclops."

Created by writer Stan Lee and artist/co-writer Jack Kirby, he first appeared in The X-Men #1 September 1963. Originally dubbed Slim Summers, by X-Men #3 his name was changed to Scott and Slim was referred as a nickname. Scott is the first X-Man recruited by Charles Xavier and as one of the original five X-Men, Cyclops has had a large presence in X-Men-related comics since their inception.

Cyclops is typical of the archetypal hero in American popular culture as opposed to the tough anti-authority anti-heroes that emerged in American popular culture after the Vietnam War.[1] Cyclops nature is that of the authority figure who follows a strict rules based code of chivalry like the Geneva Conventions or Bushido. He has also been featured in almost every adaptation of the team in other media. In practically every incarnation of the character, he has almost always been shown to be not only Charles Xavier's most loyal student, but also the one who most believes in his dream of mutant and human equality. Xavier is known to view Scott as one of his most, if not the most prized pupil. The relationship is not mentor to protege but akin to that of a father to son. Xavier hand picked Scott to lead his X-Men and to carry on his ideals.

He is the son of Corsair (Major Christopher Summers) of the Starjammers; the brother of Havok (Alex Summers) and Vulcan (Gabriel Summers); the father of Cable (Nathan Summers); and the widower of Madelyne Pryor and Jean Grey and a long time friend with Beast (Hank McCoy). In alternate realities, he has also been the father of Marvel Girl and Ruby Summers, and the biological parent to X-Man and Cable's clone Stryfe. From time to time Scott's loyalty to Xavier has cost him dearly. He has remained by Xavier's side and eventually moved out of Xavier's shadow as the singular leader of the X-Men.

He is played by James Marsden in the X-Men films. A young Cyclops appears in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, released in May 2009, played by Australian actor Tim Pocock.[2] In 2006, IGN.com rated Cyclops #1 on their list of Top 25 X-Men from the past forty years.[3] Wizard Magazine also ranked Cyclops the 106th best comic book character of all time, of their list of the Top 200 Comic Book Characters of All Time.[4]

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