Scott "Slim" Summers : CYCLOPS - The X-Men's Fearless Leader

Scott "Slim" Summers : CYCLOPS - The X-Men's Fearless Leader Scott "Slim" Summers : CYCLOPS - The X-Men's Fearless Leader

“People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” --John C. Maxwell
Overshadowed by the more popular Wolverine, let us learn more about this X-Men CBM Character - CYCLOPS. Who he is? What are his abilities? What are the changes he underwent? Who has portrayed him in Comic Book Movies?

Feature Opinion
By PollMaster - Apr 12, 2011 02:04 PM EST
Filed Under: X-Men
Source: DCMU

CYCLOPS is Scott Summer, first a reluctant leader but now an effective commander of the X-Men. He shoots concussive blasts from his eyes. CYCLOPS has been deputy leader of the X-Men since his teen years, and has seen the team go through a myriad of changes.

CYCLOPS was created by writer Stan Lee and artist/co-writer Jack Kirby, he first appeared in The X-Men #1 September 1963. Scott is the first X-Man recruited by Charles Xavier, and as one of the original five X-Men.

What are his powers and abilities?
Optic Blast: CYCLOPS possesses the mutant ability to project a powerful beam of concussive, ruby-colored force from his eyes.

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 superhumanly 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 and 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's usually right.

Master Martial Artist: CYCLOPS also has extensive training in martial arts and unarmed combat, holding black belts in judo and aikido.

What are the changes he underwent?
1. First Class
X-Men #1 (September, 1963)
In his first appearance CYCLOPS and the other X-Men wore a simple blue and yellow uniform.

Later on Jean Grey, their costume designer change the color of their belts to red and modified the yellow part of their shirts.

2. Individual Costume
X-Men #39 (December, 1967)
After the team had proved themselves in several battles, Prof. Xavier rewarded them with the right for individual costumes. CYCLOPS did not veer away too much from their previous costume just removing the yellow part on his torso.

3. Erik the Red
X-Men #51 (December, 1968)
On a secret mission, CYCLOPS has to infiltrate a villainous organization. He came up with the cover identity of Erik the Red, who shoots powerful beams from his hands. This is made possible by special circuits built into the helmet and costume that redirects his optic beams.

4. X-Factor
X-Factor #1(February, 1986)
When the original first class of X-Men reunited, they came up with the idea of X-Factor. To the media, they acted as a mutant hunting group, while secretly they were trying to help mutants to handle their powers. Scott’s teammates wore similar dark shades so that he wouldn’t stick out. In situations that required the use of their powers, the team used the cover identities of the X-Terminators along with a new set of costumes.

in X-Factor costume:

Later on he'll change the yellow of his costume into white:

Feeling a little more confident about himself, CYCLOPS removed the skullcap and let his hair out.

In the last few issues of the original X-Factor, CYCLOPS went back into wearing the gold blue X-Factor uniform but with his hair out.

5. Back in the X-Men
X-Men Vol 2 #-1 (July, 1997)
After X-Factor disbanded all of the members returned to the X-Men, CYCLOPS became the leader of the X-Men blue team. He wears one of his iconic costume that was made famous by the 90s X-Men cartoons.

6. Apocalyptic CYCLOPS
In "the Twelve" storyline Apocalypse is busy gathering 12 mutants that he need to gain more power and a new vessel for himself. CYCLOPS in saving the vessel found himself bonded with Apocalypse.

7. Apocalypse Free
CYCLOPS was then extracted from the merged body by Jean Grey, Scott returned to the X-Men as a changed man. He acts were more ruthless and his new black costume reflected this change in personality.

8. The New CYCLOPS
With the popularity of the X-Men movie, the whole group in the comics are now wearing black leather outfits. CYCLOPS by this time is grimmer and edgier still due to the effect of Apocalypse on him.

9. Astonishing
A back to basics approach to superheroics. CYCLOPS reasoned out that they are descriminated because they are mutants, so they dress up colorful again that the general public may associate them to superheroes. CYCLOPS is back wearing a fully body suit that hides his hair, similar to his early costumes, with additional modern flair.

Who has played CYCLOPS in live media?
1. James Marsden
In the X-Men trilogy CYCLOPS is played by James Marsden. His characteristic is pretty much lifted from the comics.

2. Tim Pocock
Tim Pocock portrayed a younger version of CYCLOPS, that has been experimented upon by William Stryker.

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Though I'd still like to something on She-Hulk, Darkseid or CYCLOPS!
[@Herosave… here's CYCLOPS for the meantime]


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AgentDelta - 4/12/2011, 2:09 PM
I'd ay 'first' but I'm not a loser. Humbly requesting Moon Knight next please!
mbomb22 - 4/12/2011, 2:09 PM
nice. never knew much about him until now
Checkmate - 4/12/2011, 2:09 PM
Nice! Cyclops is my 2nd favorite X-Man, right behind Beast!
The 90's costume is my favorite!
nuck82 - 4/12/2011, 2:13 PM

superbatspiderman - 4/12/2011, 2:14 PM
Great I love Cyclops he is a very underrated character. You should do Deathstroke next he is one of my favorite villains.
Swanky - 4/12/2011, 2:15 PM
CYCLOPS FOR THE WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

golden123 - 4/12/2011, 2:27 PM
'90s costume all the way! Oh and maybey somebody can answer a question I've had for a long time. Does Cyclops' optic beam just concussive force or is it also thermal energy? I know sometimes the artist drawing cyclops in the comics will have smoke coming from the location of where ever he blasted.
and Lex Luthor for your next article, please. =)
marvel72 - 4/12/2011, 2:34 PM
cyclops,the true leader of the x-men.
nuck82 - 4/12/2011, 2:35 PM
@gold they do not give off heat, they instead deliver concussive force

Cyclops force beams were measured by Iron Man to be almost 2 Gigawatts. Two Gigawatts is about half the peak power output of the Doel Nuclear Power Plant
golden123 - 4/12/2011, 2:37 PM
@Nuck: That's what I thought, thanks.
nuck82 - 4/12/2011, 2:37 PM
@marvel, the only leader!!!
BlindLemonShemp - 4/12/2011, 2:39 PM
Armageddon26 - 4/12/2011, 2:47 PM
harlel - 4/12/2011, 2:47 PM
cyclops FTW,way cooler than wolverine and the greatest x-man ever!
Armageddon26 - 4/12/2011, 2:48 PM
Deffiently @harlel
SageMode - 4/12/2011, 2:49 PM
Cyclops, the true apple polisher of the X-Men. Lol. I always thought Havok was more cooler than his older bro. Nonetheless, Cool article Pollmaster
luckylu - 4/12/2011, 2:49 PM
@nuck- WOOT WOOT!

@pollmaster- great article i had forgotten that jean designed the costumes until this!

cyclops FTW!!!
AC1 - 4/12/2011, 2:49 PM
@nuck well that's more than enough to power the DeLorian!
Dex1986 - 4/12/2011, 2:50 PM
Great job, I love reading these and testing/improving my knowledge. Please Deadpool, Darkseid or DarkHawk next?
nuck82 - 4/12/2011, 2:56 PM
@acira lol i thought the same thing and i have been waiting for someone to say something about it
AlcoholicA - 4/12/2011, 2:59 PM
Hell yes, I've been waiting for an article on Cyclops. I just wish he got his hands dirty a little more in the comics. Sucks how he was portrayed in the movies, especially since the actor looked so much like him.
kookevin3 - 4/12/2011, 3:17 PM
I was so pissed about how they treated cyclops in the movie!
You should do Hal Jordan next!
Armageddon26 - 4/12/2011, 3:25 PM
@fsucsu Always thought and will always "think" you are a [female dog]
UncleDrew - 4/12/2011, 3:25 PM
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I like the Cyclops with the mask over his head and with the trench coat on
NightmareB4 - 4/12/2011, 3:28 PM
Oh Cyclops, most bad ass of the X-Men, thanks to a great run via Joss Whedon he quickly climbed to the top of my appreciation.

(Josh also made me not hate Wolverine)

It IS a shame that a wonderful talent like James Marsden was wasted on the neutered crappy 'background' Cyclops we were given in the X films.

WTB a high budget HBO/Showtime X-men series

Spiderman too. Big Rogue galleries/large casts require more time than singular heroes IMO
marvel72 - 4/12/2011, 3:29 PM
@ nuck82

storm lead the x-men before,thats why i said the true leader. :)
SageMode - 4/12/2011, 3:39 PM
Saying Cyclops is a badass is like saying Superman is. Lol
nuck82 - 4/12/2011, 3:46 PM
@marvel oh i know i just dont see her as a leader of the xmen lol

capcyclopsftw - 4/12/2011, 4:02 PM
marvel72 - my name here says it all....

he's the only one who can hold a candle to Cap's tactical prowess.
scandalini13 - 4/12/2011, 4:23 PM
Never been a fan of Cyclops but good read. Now for OMEGA RED PLZ!
SorasNobodyXIII - 4/12/2011, 4:56 PM
WingDinger - 4/12/2011, 4:57 PM
Dick Grayson Article? I think yes
Jolt17 - 4/12/2011, 5:00 PM
I forgot how I wanted CYKE...but didn't say it!

Awesome POLL, yeah CYKE is the true X-Men leader; I can't get why people like WOLVIE more than him lol.

Talking X-MEN...

CLICK CLICK, X-Men Reboot by Jolt17!

; )
Blackmatter - 4/12/2011, 5:04 PM
Red Hulk or The Sandman nxt
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