"I must be cruel only to be kind.
Thus bad begins and worse remains behind."
— Hamlet, Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 4, 177–179
“I mean, don’t...” he hesitates, “don’t buy into it. Their... thing. Their weird worshipful thing. They’ll try to mold you. They don’t mean to. But... they’re naive... sad wigglers... don’t be an ass. And by that I guess I mean be an ass. Don’t let them walk over you with their sad broken souls, push back as hard as you can and force them to stand on their own.”
— Karkat, Cultstuck
Elan: Jeez, Belkar. I can't believe you said all that to Roy. Don't you think that was a little harsh?
Belkar: Isn't that why you losers keep me around? Hurting people is the only thing I'm good at.
"'Proteus' is one of my favorite stories in the original comics, largely because it has a moment that the adaptation skips over for no good reason. In Claremont and Byrne’s original story, Wolverine is every bit as shaken as he is here, and Cyclops realizes that he has to do something to snap him out of his depression or else he’s going to be so shaken that next time they fight, which is inevitable at this point, he’s going to get killed.
So Cyclops straight throws a cup of coffee in his face, calls him a coward, and bodyslams his ass to the friggin’ ground. It is, without question, my single favorite thing Cyclops has ever done. It’s this perfect blend of ruthless dedication to the mission above all and complete social awkwardness that encapsulates his character. I mean, I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to respond to psychological trauma by throwing hot liquids into the victim’s face, but it gets Wolverine back on his feet to fight again, forcing him to repress all that fear to get the job done, just like Cyclops himself does. It’s the rosetta stone to understanding his character, and it’s the reason that the Cyclops of the ’70s and early ’80s is actually a really cool character — especially as compared to his ’90s counterpart."