* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Cyclops has been hit with a lot of this over the years, both by fans and by writers. DependingOnTheWriter he's either a kind, compassionate man who simply suffers from bad social skills or he's a stubborn {{Jerkass}} control freak who may or may not have developed some very bigoted disdain towards the humans who have persecuted him and his fellow mutants.
* BaseBreaker: Quite possibly the champion BaseBreaker among X-Men characters and fans along with Wolverine, due to the number of times he's fallen into the hands of writers who either don't like him, don't understand him or both, or who dismiss him simply for being "that guy who isn't Wolverine" or "that guy who doesn't get along with Wolverine", and even now branching over into other characters, usually other heroes, being derailed just so he can look better by comparison.
* CreatorsPet: Played straight when written by Matt Fraction, who many feel made his run pretty much a love-letter to him. Inverted, however, by Craig Kyle and Jason Aaron. With Kyle, in some of the works with is writing partner Chris Yost (such as {{X-Force}} and ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen''), Cyclops tends to be incompetent, moody, and generally unlikeable, but whenever Chrs Yost handles him by himself, and even some works with Kyle, Cyke tends to be much more balanced and likeable, making it apparent this is Kyle (similar with the level of violence too; whenever Kyle is involved, Yost's work is much more bloody and violent). Meanwhile, with Jason Aaron, he's penned two big storylines (''Schism'' and ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'') involving Cyclops, both of which involve Wolverine (and in AVX, Captain America) giving Cyclops a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech after he crosses what is supposedly the MoralEventHorizon, with the end being Cyclops left with a large group of his former team, and the superhero community in general, hating his guts. Meanwhile, in his contributions to ''BattleOfTheAtom'', both Wolverine and Storm spend notable moments reminding him and the viewer that they don't like him and think he's crossed the line, without explaining why. With Kyle its arguable to say this since its only really bad in WATXM, but Aaron, at this point its pretty clear he seems to enjoy having characters hate him.
* DesignatedVillain: Is frequently blamed for everything that goes wrong simply because he's the only one to step up to the plate and accept responsibility.
* DracoInLeatherPants / RootingForTheEmpire: Scott's recent HazyFeelTurn (and the Avengers' writers incidence on painting him as the villain) has led to a group of militant Scott Supporters hyper rationalizing each and every action he's every taken.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: While Big Scott still counts as a BaseBreaker despite his large increase in popularity since AvX, Young Scott's status as TheCutie and a BadassAdorable has managed to win around a large number of people to his side, even, strangely, a contingent of people who hate on his older self. The fact that his solo is amazingly drawn and written possibly helps too.
* FridgeHorror: Scott's relationship with Emma Frost becomes a ''lot'' less romantic when you remember that its foundation was built on frigging MindRape.
* HoYay: The fact that his younger self in ''ComicBook/AllNewXMen #20'' expresses an attraction to [[spoiler: {{Wolverine}}'s OppositeSexClone, ComicBook/{{X 23}},]] has not gone unremarked upon, either within the book or [[CrackPairing by the fanbase]].
* InformedWrongness: Jason Aaron ''loves'' to have characters hate on Cyclops. In ''Schism'', Wolverine and mutants siding with him break off from Cyclops. Wolverine cites that children shouldn't be trained to fight... Readers are quick to point out that the X-Men have ''always'' trained kids to defend themselves, and that, at the time of ''Schism'', mutants were near-extinct, and anti-mutant violence was at an all-time high. It doesn't help that ''Wolverine himself'' makes a point of taking a teenage girl under his wing every decade or so. Especially mind-numbing is the fact that Wolverine's plan is essentially to run way and hope they escape, and to encourage them to run [[WhatAnIdiot he rigs the whole island to explode.]] In the end, the students start fighting off the Sentinel while the two fight, and when they realize this, Wolverine abandons his plan to help do the exact thing Cyclops said they should...and yet in the end, instead of admitting Scott was right, he leaves, because Scott is making the students fight their battles (despite the fact that, if he doesn't let them fight, them and everyone else will die).
** In the aftermath of ''Avengers vs. X-Men'', Aaron makes it a point to have characters get angry at and insult Cyclops literally whenever they meet, even characters that don't hate him in other books, and regardless of the current situation. Characters have called out Cyclops for training his students to fight and taking them in his missions... Which the X-Men do fairly often. Readers are quick to note that Cyclops' students are all college aged or older. Hell, after Cyclops shows concern for Wolverine and saves his life, [[UngratefulBastard Logan decides to be a dick to him]].
* IronWoobie [[StoicWoobie and Stoic Woobie]]: Scott's gone through so much shit in his life its not a surprise he can be a bit of a dick sometimes. Still, his recent actions to protect what's left of the mutant race comes from the fact that the mutant race is the ''only thing he has left to fight for''. People's reactions, at large, to ''Comicbook/AvengersVsXMen'' seem to mostly be sympathy to Cyke.
** Both young and old Cyclops in ''All-New X-Men'' also become major woobies by the fifth issue. Old Cyclops has to deal with even his own team hating his guts, his former family hunting him, and the world at large wanting him dead, for actions he did while not in control of his own body, all the while he's trying to do good, but all his actions are demonized. Young Cyclops, however, has to deal with his friends freezing him out, the knowledge that he's going to degenerate into a seemingly mess that killed his father figure, and all the present day X-Men looking at him with a contempt due to their hatred of his present self that he just does not understand. It does not help that as time goes on, he increasingly notes the glaring flaws in his detractor's philosophy, and the extenuating circumstances in his future counterpart.
* ItWasHisSled: His involvement in some (if not all) of the most prominent, memorable, and/or classic X-Men stories means that any one familiar with comics in the least probably knows a lot about him.
* MagnificentBastard: Solidified in ''Curse of the Mutants''. [[spoiler: To add some context, Utopia was surrounded by Vampires, fighting on every side and platform. Jubilee and Wolverine have both been turned, and the latter is standing only a few feet away, ready to cut his head off and turn the rest of the X-Men. Cyke's response? Pulling out a control to reactivate Wolverine's HealingFactor, turning him back. That's right, Scott discovered he was immune to vampirism and that the vampires wanted to turn him, so he deactivated his HealingFactor and allowed him to be turned, just so he could turn him back right when they were relying on him to lead their forces. The vampires, still in shock, are promptly slaughtered. Meanwhile, Scott's earlier plan, to bring back Dracula and have him take back the vampire horde, appeared to have failed and was forgotten...only for it to turnout Dracula had been tracking down Xarus all this time, and after curbstomping his son and taking back his place, Cyke warns him that he could kill him with the push of a button. Dracula claims that he knows he's bluffing, but still lets them leave in peace. In short, do NOT threaten the safety of Cyclops' people, and when he says that he will slaughter you, he means it.]]
* MemeticMutation: Flyclops and Cyclopalypse.
** And more recently, 'Cyclops was Right', notably since Cyclops, in the hands of Kieron Gillen, actually mentioned it in-story.
* NeverLiveItDown: Despite the sheer amount of leadership and badassery Scott had shown, he can never take a break for his screw-ups that the writers had piled on him, which is the usual ammunition of his haters in favor of his clawed rival.
** "Abandoning" his wife Madelyne Pryor and son Nathan Summers to search for the resurrected Jean Grey.
** Being involved with a psychic love affair with Emma, while married to the psychic Jean.
** Killing Charles Xavier during a psychotic rampage while possessed by the Dark Phoenix.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: While Cyke was always more of a BaseBreaker than a Scrappy, Post-AVX, he seems to have shot up in popularity, possibly usurping Wolverine (Going by recent sales, ''Uncanny'', Scott's book, has nearly double the sales ''WATXM'' has, though that might be due to BrianBendis writing and its lower issue count (Wolvie's series was in the 40s before relaunching). Due to the DesignatedVillain treatment he got and is still getting, combined with his genuine attempts at helping people and apparently being the only one bothering to reach out and help any of the newly awakened mutants, and the fact he's the only one who tries to suggest peace rather than tossing insults and fighting whenever he runs into the people who currently dislike him, despite it being ''them'' we're apparently supposed to root for. Notably, when Cyclops popped up in ''WATXM'' to help Wolverine fight off sentinels, fans actually cheered Cyclops on and called for him to JustShootHim now that Wolverine's without his HealingFactor since Wolverine was being such a huge dick to him (which he did literally the second after Scott saved his life).
* RonTheDeathEater: While Cyclops may not be perfect and he makes his share of mistakes, but as an A-List superhero team leader, that's bound to happen. However, as far as some writers, fan or [[RunningTheAsylum professional]] alike, are concerned, he's the most despicable person on the planet. [[ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen Despite being brainwashed at the time]], people are blaming him and solely him for the state mutants are in now, despite mutants always being in this kind of situation. Then there's the fans who complain about the fact he blames Wolverine and the Avengers, or the dark Phoenix, instead of accepting blame himself...despite the fact that he still accepted responsibility, and is the only one in the mess who's accepted any blame in the whole mess (accept for Captain America, who at least admits he hasn't done enough to help mutants), while the opposing side hasn't and continue to blame him for everything.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Scott bounces back and forth between this and UnintentionallySympathetic so often DependingOnTheWriter it's not even funny.
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