Cyclops is the best superhero in the world. He is, as far as I'm concerned, the Batman. He's been in intensive training since his early teenage years to lead the first-ever mutant rescue and security team. This is a guy who gets up every morning asking himself how he can be better.
— Warren Ellis
For so long, his entire life was about unattainable ideals: idealized love, idealized comradeship, selfless altruism in trying to serve the world. Betraying Jean with Emma was surrender to the human. Personally I view that as a survival tactic. He was headed for self-immolation, for martyrdom of some kind, and he brought himself down into the world. He admitted that he was just a fallible guy in the one arena where he was allowed to fail.
— Mark Carey here
Well, Iím fascinated with leaders in general. And people that stand up and say, "I will lead, I can do this," always fascinate me. You have to have a little bit of ego and narcissism and quite a fantastic view of yourself to decide that you are leadership potential, or that you know better, or that you can take responsibility for others. Itís fascinating to me, but the best leaders are also humble and world wise, and all of that is something that Cyclops has. In their best moments, thatís something that Cyclops has, but in their worst moments, their ego gets in their way, or their self-loathing gets in their way, and all that is worth analyzing.
— Brian Michael Bendis here
"There's a dichotomy there that everyone who knows him hates him, but everyone who doesn't know him loves him. Here's a man whose powers are actually broken because of all the stuff that's gone on with him, but he has to stand up and be this perfect mutant person ó he's the most fascinating person in the Marvel Universe right now to me. Unofficial
— Brian Michael Bendis here
Finally, he was one of the first Marvel superheroes to get a serious, ongoing romantic storyline, which ended up hijacking the character to an extent that over the years, armageddons have been brought forth because of who Cyclops has been fucking, and his massively super-powered children and their psychotic clones litter the time stream. The only reason the Avengers haven't tackled him and slapped an adamantium chastity belt on him years ago is because Tony Stark refuses to make anything with the word "chastity" in it.
— The Cracked
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...But he only knows point A and Z, without any of the steps in between. He is unaware that through strength of will, and character, he bound the worldís mutants to his banner during their darkest days. He does not understand the price paid so the mutants would have a new genesis. He does not know the son he will one day have, and what Nathan was able to accomplish because of his father. He is not aware of the year his life was bound to Apocalypse after sacrificing himself for everybody else. He is not aware of how much worse it would have been if not for his presence in these times. His view is limited, and missing crucial details.
He does not have the perspective yet to understand how his life gets to where it is now.
— The blogger Jason
, about Young Cyclops
Though Scott understands why everyone is angry with him, he doesnít relent on his goal: the survival of the mutant race. Itís what drives Scott to do what he does because all he sees around him are people who want mutants to be wiped from existence. By this point in his life, after all heís been through, after all the hatred and suffering, Xavierís vision is nothing more than a pipedream. All that matters is survival and heís the one who has to make sure it happens.
— Samantha Cross
, The Fall of Scott Summers