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So I formed X-Force. And I told Wolverine to take his team and to kill. To kill the enemy before they could kill us... Because of X-Force, I think of things like genocide. I think of how I can use the worst of what we've faced as a weapon against our enemies. This is who I am now... When this is all said and done, we'll be cast out. By the X-Men, by the Avengers...by everyone.
~ Cyclops.
Listen to me... you can't kill an idea. It always comes back. Resurrected. Or reborn... into a different form.
~ Cyclops.

Scott Summers, also known as Cyclops, is a fictional character and superhero from Marvel comics, appearing as one of the main protagonists of X-Men comics.

He is the leader of the X-Men and one of Professor Xavier's first students - he and Jean Grey have been a couple for many years and although not allowing to getting along with some of the X-Men (such as Wolverine) Scott always tries to do his job professionally and with consideration for others, though this can make him come across as bossy at times to people that don't understand or appreciate his style of leadership.

He was the X-Men's first leader, and he has relinquished that title since. Having recently accepted even more responsibility after taking over Professor X's position, Scott Summers continues to use his shrewd mind and concussive eye blasts to lead and guide the X-Men's future.

He was created by the late Stan Lee and the late Jack Kirby, and first appeared in X-Men #1 in September of 1963.


Early Life

Scott Summers is the oldest son of Christopher Summers and his wife Katherine Ann, and is the older brother of Alex and Gabriel Summers. When Scott and his family were flying home from vacation, a scout ship from the alien Shi'ar Empire attacked them in their private plane. Katherine gave her sons the only parachute and pushed them out of the plane, and when the parachute caught fire, Scott used his optic blast for the first time to slow their descent. Scott and Alex believed that their parents had been killed, but Christopher and Katherine had been teleported from the plane by the Shi'ar, and that they had a brother named Gabriel.

Scott suffered a head injury on landing that damaged the part of Scott's brain that would have enabled him to control his optic blasts, and the siblings were hospitalized upon being found. Scott and Alex both suffered from traumatic amnesia from the incident, and the geneticist named Nathaniel Essex took an interest in the two. Essex believed that the two had great potential, and had the two separate to render Scott emotionally vulnerable. Upon recovering, Scott was placed in the State Home for Foundlings in Omaha, Nebraska, and was subjected to tests by Essex (who was disguised as the orphanage's owner, Mr. Milbury).

Essex, also known as Mister Sinister, placed mental blocks on Scott and took the role of "lefty", who was Scott's roommate and bullied him. During his teenage years, Scott began to suffer from severe headaches, and was sent to a specialist (Essex in disguise) who provided him with ruby-quartz lenses. Soon after, Scott's optic blast erupted and demolished a crane, but Summers quickly saved everyone by destroying the object with another blast. The bystanders believed that Scott tried to kill them, and rallied an angry mob to kill him.

The X-Men

Scott fled onto a freight train and was drawn to a mutant criminal named Jack Winters, and was abused the criminal to do his bidding. Scott's display of mutant powers caught the attention of Professor Charles Xaiver, who teamed up with FBI agent Fred Duncan to find Summers. Scott was rescued from Jack, and was enlisted by Professor Xavier as the first member of the X-Men, a team formed to create human and mutant equality.

Scott then joined Professor X's School for Gifted Youngsters, and Xavier provided Scott with a visor made of ruby quarts to help him control his optic blast. Scott was then given the title of "Cyclops" and became field team leader of the X-Men, and later met his teammates - Iceman (Bobby Drake), Beast (Hank McCoy), Angel (Warren Worthington III) and Marvel Girl (Jean Grey). Despite his lack of social skills, Scott showed himself to be a capable leader and skilled tactician, and also developed feelings for Jean. Despite his romantic feelings for Jean, and having helped Bobby escape from an angry mob, Scott's reserved demeanor prevented him from connecting with his teammates.


When Jean was abducted by the Shi'ar to be put on trial for the crimes her future self committed, Scott, the X-Men and the Guardians of the Galaxy went to Chandilar to rescue her. While trying to rescue Jean, Scott encountered the father of his future self, Corsair, and decided to leave the X-Men to explore space with him. Cyclops started to doubt his decision to leave the X-Men, but realized he needed to be by his father's side after defeating a hostile Badoon ship. Scott later reunited with the X-Men while investigating the Black Vortex alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy, and rejoined them when they returned to Earth.


For a while, Scott refused to admit that he had feelings for Jean, as he was afraid that he would hurt her or anyone else with his optic blast. He also felt that he was no match for his teammate Angel, since Warren was wealthy and was romantically interested in Jean. Eventually, the two admitted their feelings for each other, and the two started a relationship. When Xavier was seemingly killed, his will revealed that his fortune was to be used for a trust fund, with the X-Men having the property and Scott acting as a trustee for the fund and the school.

When a dozens of latent mutants were summed to San Francisco by Mesmero and a android duplicate of Magneto, the X-Men reunited to stop them, but were overpowered by the villains and their mutant army. Shortly after, Scott created the identity of Erik the Red to infiltrate the villain organization to reach up in the ranks. Scott succeeded in becoming Magneto's second-in-command, and helped the X-Men destroy the organization. Later on, Scott was reunited with his brother Alex after he was rescued from the Living Pharaoh, but Alex refused the offer to join the X-Men. Alex eventually came around the idea to join the X-Men after the team freed him from Larry Trask and his Sentinels, reconnecting with his brother and getting the code name "Havok".

Professor Xavier later returned and assembled another new team of X-Men, which included Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Banshee, Sunfire, and Thunderbird. Scott led the new team, and managed to rescue the original X-Men from Krakoa. When Jean and the original X-Men members left, Scott decided to stay as deputy leader, feeling that he would never be able to have a normal life due to his uncontrollable powers. Cyclops trained the new team, and later became haunted by the death of Thunderbird when battling Count Nefaria and his Ani-Men.


Scott shows himself to be selfless and brave, and is noted to be capable leader, tactician and fighter. However, due to his trauma from his childhood and later in his adventures, Scott is deeply complicated and complex character. Scott has low self-esteem and holds a low opinion of himself, which caused him to become a introvert and to lack social skills. He is noted to be a great leader, and is known to very strict and no-nonsense, and demands seriousness and dedication when training and on the field.

Scott's shyness and introverted personality often made him seem distance to his teammates, which contributed to him being unable to deny his feelings for Jean. He also refused to confront his issues, as he once left Earth to be his father, and bottled his emotions from his past experiences. Scott's shyness stems mostly from his mutant powers, as he believed he couldn't have a normal life because of the uncontrollable nature of his optic blasts.

After beginning a relationship with Emma Frost, Scott softened up and became more confident, and his self-esteem improved due to Frost's counseling.

Powers and Abilities


  • Optic Blast: Cyclops possesses the mutant ability to project a powerful beam of concussive, ruby-colored force from his eyes. Cyclops's powers were originally believed to be ambient energies (such as solar radiation, photons, and cosmic rays) absorbed and metabolized by his body into concussive blasts that are released from his eyes. However, the energy supply of his optic blasts are later revealed to originate from a non-Einsteinian universe that opens up whenever he uses his optic blasts.
  • Spatial Awareness: Cyclops possesses an uncanny sense of trigonometry, in this sense used to describe his observation of objects around himself and the angles found between surfaces of these objects. Cyclops has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to cause his optic blasts to ricochet and/or reflect off those objects in a trajectory to his liking. This is commonly called a "banked shot" when applied to this talent. Cyclops has been observed causing beams to reflect from over a dozen surfaces in the course of one blast, and still hit his intended target accurately. It is his sense of superhuman enhanced spatial awareness that allows him to perform these feats as well.
  • Energy Resistance: Cyclops is resistant to the effects of his own powers. This is linked to him being capable of withstanding his brother's ability with no ill effects. This is a result of their close genetics, a quirk of mutant genetics that is common among siblings.


  • Expert Pilot: Cyclops is an expert pilot of fixed-wing aircraft, a skill he appears to have inherited from his father. It has also been implied that his trigonometric sense improves his abilities in the air.
  • Master Strategist & Tactician: Cyclops has spent most of his superhero career as the leader of either the X-Men or X-Factor and has developed exceptional leadership skills. It is notable that regardless of their general attitude towards him, all of the X-Men tend to obey his orders in battle - because they know that he is usually right.
  • Expert Martial Artist: Cyclops also has extensive training in martial arts and unarmed combat, holding black belts in judo and aikido. His level of skill is sufficient to defeat six normal men with his eyes closed, and he has in the past held his own against such dangerous enemies as Wolverine and Ghost Rider.
  • Telepathic Resistance: Years of being in intimate situations with telepaths have allowed Cyclops to hone his mind to the point where he can resist telepathic intrusion and withhold certain information from high level telepaths.


  • Genetic Flaw: Cyclops is not immune to Vulcan's powers like he is to Havok's.
  • Power Regulation Disability: Due to psychological trauma and physical injury at a young age, Cyclops is unable to control his optic blasts. In connection, his eyes have become more reliant on the ruby quartz he uses rather than affecting change to the injury. Emma Frost has recently claimed the psychological trauma of losing his parents and being separated from his brother are primarily responsible for his inability to control his powers. Mister Sinister has also claimed that his eyes have become reliant on the ruby quartz sunglasses and visor, therefore making it hard for Cyclops to control the blasts on his own. After overcoming the trauma, he was able to control his blasts and open his eyes for a period of time. However, he gradually began losing control of the blasts and had to revert back to using the sunglasses and visor.
  • Recharge Intervals: Scott once required between his optic blasts to recharge, but it became more assertive when he was possessed by the Phoenix Force. His optic blasts would erupt powerfully one minute, then would fall dead depleted the next, physically exhausting him in the process.
  • Surplus Energy: He mentioned that he needs to fire blasts frequently because he gathers surplus of energy within him if not.
  • Handicap: His right eye was destroyed when Hope Summers shot him in the face, but it seemed to not his affect him.




  • In the X-Men films, he was portrayed by James Marsden, who also played Prince Edward in Disney's Enchanted, Fred O'Hare in Hop, Tom Wachowski in Sonic the Hedgehog, and Stuart Redman in Stephen King's 2020 miniseries adaptation of The Stand, and voiced Diggs in Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Tim Pocock played the character young in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Tye Sheridan played the character young in the revised timeline, as Sheridan also played Parzival in Ready Player One.


  • In Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, he was voiced by the late George DiCenzo, and Neil Ross. Ross also voiced Dusty and Shipwreck and G.I. Joe, and Keith in Voltron.
  • In Pryde of the X-Men, he was voiced by Michael Bell, who also voiced The Hulk and Raziel.
  • In X-Men: The Animated Series , he was voiced by the late Norm Spencer, and Kōichi Yamadera in the Japanese dub. Spencer also voiced Billy Blazes, as Yamadera also voiced Spike Spiegel.
    • Spencer would voice the character again in 1995s Spider-Man, video games X-Men: Children of the Atom, X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, and Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes.
  • In X-Men: Evolution, he was voiced by the late Kirby Marrow, who also voiced Eric, Michelangelo, Goku in the Ocean dub, Human Torch, Anakin Skywalker, and Iron Man.
  • In Wolverine and the X-Men, he was voiced by Nolan North, who also voiced Nathan Drake in the Uncharted series, Desmond Miles in the Assassin's Creed series, Edward Richtofen in the Call of Duty zombie series, Deadpool in numerous media, Boss in Saints Row, and many others.
    • North would voice the character again in Black Panther, and Lego Marvel Super Heroes.
  • In Astonishing X-Men, he was voiced by Greg Abbey and Mark Hildreth. Abbey also voiced Tristan Taylor, Yusei Fudo, and Raphael, as Hildreth also voiced Heero Yuy, Deathlok, Daredevil, and Quicksilver.
  • In Marvel Anime, he was voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa and Scott Porter in the English dub. Morikawa also voiced Isshin Kurosaki, Dante, as Porter also voiced Arkham Nightwing, Scarlet Spider, Winter Soldier, and Star-Lord.
    • Porter would voice the character again in Marvel Heroes, Marvel Anime: Wolverine, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: Black Order.
  • In the motion comics, Wolverine versus Sabretooth and Wolverine: Weapon X, he was voiced by Trevor Devall, who also voiced Rocket Raccoon.

Video Games

  • In X-Men: Mutant Academy, and X-Men: Mutant Academy 2, he was voiced by Ray Landry.
  • In X-Men: Next Dimension, he was voiced by Tim Harrison.
  • In X-Men Legends, he was voiced by Robin Atkin Downes, who also voiced Kazuhira Miller in the Metal Gear Solid series, Travis Touchdown in No More Heroes, Minh Young Kim in the Gears of War series, Cham Syndulla in Star Wars and played Tenzin in Uncharted 2.
    • Downes would voice the character again in Marvel Ultimate Alliance as Dark Cyclops.
  • In X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse, he was voiced by Josh Keaton, who also voiced Ryu Hayabusa, Jak in Jak & Daxter, Rick Taylor, Spyro in the titular series, Nightwing in the Arkhamverse, and Valerian Mengsk in the StarCraft series.
  • In Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, he was voiced by Scott MacDonald, who also played N'Vek.
  • In Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, he was voiced by Zach Hanks, who also voiced MacMillan in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.


I'll pay for my sins, Kitty. We all die one day and we all do. I'm ready for that. I made my peace with it. I just don't want you to live the rest of your life the way I do.
~ Cyclops.
That's why I'm the leader. The blind leading the blind, maybe...but a leader none the less. A leader because I'm prepared to take the fall, and because I'm prepared to make the hard decisions. Such as the one you made mom, that day you pushed Alex and I into the sky with a single parachute between us. Because a leader knows, it's not so hard to die for your people. It's hard to order your people to die for you. And leading with certainty into an uncertain future doesn't require sight. It requires vision. It requires holding on. And no matter what happens, never letting go.
~ Cyclops.
Somewhere inside that brute, the brain of Bruce Banner knew that a man's life was at stake -- and it lead us there -- in spite of the Hulk!
~ Cyclops.
All right, X-Men move... Hope needs us. Even if she doesn't think she does.
~ Cyclops.
I can't absolve my sins. But I can make a better place today. Our people need me, and I'm going to fight for them. You would.
~ Cyclops.
That's the thing about the Phoenix. There always has to be destruction... Before rebirth.
~ Cyclops.
I was blind. Blind to how the world worked…and then I met a man who taught me to see——see how things really were. I loved him for it. And because I loved him——because I believed in him…and, in a way worshipped him——I claimed the things that he had faith in as my own. He called it his dream. It was a good one. But the world, you see——the waking world——where we all live…it is a killer of dreams. A destroyer of things you believe in. So when I grew older, I realized it was foolish to…deify him. Honestly, it’s unfair to expect that kind of perfection from anyone. After all, we’re all flawed and imperfect. There is no real difference between any of us. No matter how much we believe the lie that there is. You see, he wasn’t a savior. He was just a man——a mutant——like me. And his dreams——which still make me smile to this day——are no more valid than anyone else’s. Including mine. I love the idea of that. The promise of it. So what’s my story? I’m a dreamer. I’m an X-Man.
~ Cyclops.
You know to me being an X-Man is the most important job in the world. That's way I can't bear the thought of letting Professor Xavier down.
~ Cyclops in the animated series.
But look, we all mess up sometimes I know I do. That's why we are here to learn not to make mistakes like that. That's why we want you to stay.
~ Cyclops in X-Men: Evolution.


  • He is an Alpha-Level Mutant, according to Apocalypse.
  • Due to suffering from head trauma as a child, he has to wear visors or ruby quartz glasses to stop his optic blasts.
  • Each of the Summers brothers have a signature energy color: Scott is red, Alex is blue, and Gabriel is yellow.
  • He was listed #1 in IGN's Top 25 X-Men.
  • He was listed #9 in CBR's Top 100 Marvel Character of All Time.


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Archangel | Anole | Armor | Banshee | Beast | Broo | Bishop | Blindfold | Boom-Boom | Cable | Caliban | Callisto | Cannonball | Chamber | Changeling | Charles Xavier | Cypher | Colossus | Cyclops | Darwin | Dazzler | Dust | Elixir | Emma Frost | Fantomex | Firestar | Forge | Gambit | Gentle | Graymalkin | Havok | Hellion | Hepzibah | Husk | Iceman | Ink | Jean Grey | Joseph | Jubilee | Juggernaut | Karma | Lady Mastermind | Lifeguard | Lizard | Lockheed | Longshot | Maggott | Magma | Magneto | Marrow | Marvel Girl | Mercury | Mimic | Multiple Man | Mystique | Namor | Nate Grey | Nightcrawler | Northstar | Omega Sentinel | Petra | Pixie | Polaris | Prodigy | Psylocke | Revanche | Cecilia Reyes | Rockslide | Rogue | Sage | Shadowcat | Skids | Spider-Man | Stacy X | Storm | Sunfire | Sunspot | Surge | Sway | Thunderbird | Warlock | Wolf Cub | Wolfsbane | Wolverine | X-23

X-Men: Wolverine | Professor X | Jean Grey | Cyclops | Storm | Shadowcat | Nightcrawler | Iceman | Beast | Colossus | Magneto | Mystique | Archangel‡ | Havok† | Banshee† | Darwin† | Quicksilver | Bishop | Blink | Sunspot | Warpath | Negasonic Teenage Warhead | Rogue | Selene Gallio
Non X-Men Mutants: Jubilee | Kayla Silverfox | Gambit | Deadpool | Emma Silverfox | Yukio | Caliban† | X-23 | Wolfsbane | Magik | Cannonball | Mirage | Lockheed
X-Force: Deadpool | Cable | Domino | Peter | Bedlam | Shatterstar | Zeitgeist | Vanisher | Firefist
Humans: Moira MacTaggert | Kenuichio Harada | Mariko Yashida | Vanessa Carysle | Dopinder | Weasel | Blind Al | Peter

X-Men (1992): To be added
X-Men: Evolution: To be added
Wolverine and the X-Men: To be added
Marvel Anime: X-Men: To be added
Legion: To be added
The Gifted: To be added

See Also
X-Men Movie Heroes