Cyclops is a mutant who can shoot a concussive blast from within his eyes. He is the field commander of the X-Men.
Cyclops, or Scott Summers, was created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee and appeared in the very first X-Men comic. His mutant power is the ability to shoot lasers from his eyes with a concussive red blast.
Scott Summers was orphaned as a young boy and once his mutant powers started to develop he ran away and eventually became a student under Charles Xavier. After learning how to use his powers safely, and getting his iconic eyewear, Scott became Cyclops as well as a member and leader of the X-Men.
After years of the X-Men being popular comic book X-Men was finally made into an animated television show. The Marvel Super Heroes was an all encompassing show made to show off the popular roster of all the Marvel comic book characters. The X-Men only showed up as guest characters in a few episodes.
In 1992 the most popular series debuted, X-Men The Animated Series. Cyclops was older in the series and the established as the field leader of the X-Men as well as being in a romantic relationship with fellow mutant Jean Grey. Scott often bristled against the personality of fellow teammate Wolverine since he didn't like to take orders from anyone but himself. Despite this Scott would eventually learn better ways to help persuade Wolverine into being a better teammate.
X-Men Evolution was the next major installment with the new take of the main mutants being teenagers rather than adults. Scott was still the team's leader but he was much more confident and sure of himself than in previous versions of X-Men. Scott is voiced by Kirby Morrow throughout the series.
Wolverine and the X-Men is the most recent X-Men animated series. Scott is voiced by Nolan North and his personality takes another tone of depression and loss after Jean Grey disappears in the show. Cyclops is no longer the confident leader as in previous version, he is much more of a loner with Wolverine in a bigger leadership role for the X-Men. Cyclops' costume is also much different from the traditional version, he wears a darker suit with a trench coat.
With the continued popularity of the X-Men, especially during the 1990s, it finally became a movie in 2000.
In the first movie, X-Men, Scott Summers, played by James Marsden, is very similar to his comic book persona. He is the leader of the X-Men, a teacher at the Xavier school for mutants, and in a romantic relationship with Jean Grey. In the movie Cyclops assists two mutants on the run, Wolverine and Rogue, as they are being attacked by a third mutant, Sabretooth. Professor Xavier, who runs the Xavier institute, offers them a place of refuge as mutants and to teach Rogue how to best control and use her powers.
With the United States debating on laws that would require all mutants to register with the government, Magneto and his group of rebel mutants want revenge on the humans who are attempting to control them. Magneto abducts Rogue, who has the power to take other mutant's powers and plans to power a machine of his that will turn the politicians he hates into mutants themselves.
After Xavier falls into a coma trying to locate Rogue, using his psychic enhancing machine Cerebro, Jean Grey is forced to use it herself and locates Rogue on Liberty Island. The X-Men, lead by Cyclops, head out to stop Magneto and save Rogue. After battling some of Magneto's mutants, Jean Grey psychically lifts Wolverine up to the machine where Rouge is trapped only to be stopped by Magneto. Cyclops, without his eyewear to limit his powers, is able to get one accurate shot off onto Magneto, freeing Wolverine and allowing him to destroy the machine. Magneto is in prison but when Xavier goes to visit him he warns him, the fight isn't over.
After the success of the first film a sequel was made but this time focusing much more on the popular character Wolverine called X2: X-Men United.
Scott accompanies Professor Xavier on another visit to Mageneto's cell where the two are ambushed. While waiting outside Scott is ambushed by Lady Deathstrike and tranquilized. Cyclops fights her off, along with the other guards, and prepares to blast open Megneto's cell where Xavier is now trapped only to be knocked out by Lady Deathstrike. Both Xavier and Cyclops are taken by William Stryker.
Stryker is trying to get revenge on all mutants using his own son, who he has brainwashed, into fooling Xavier to concentrate on every mutant to kill them all. Cyclops is also brainwashed and unleashed upon the un-captured X-Men lead by Wolverine. Cyclops is able to break his brainwashing after battling his love Jean and he helps the injured Jean escape Stryker's facility. As Cyclops and the X-Men are escaping the collapsing dam that was Stryker's base of operations, Jean ends up sacrificing herself to prevent the water from washing them all away. This gives the X-Men enough time to take off in the X-Jet, but not enough time to save her own life.
In the third film in the series, X-Men: The Last Stand, James Marsden get very little time on screen due to scheduling with the Superman Returns film. Scott has been mourning the loss of his love Jean Grey and returns to Alkali Lake where she sacrificed herself. There he begins to hear her voice and begins to break down psychologically before Jean rises from the lake. Jean's power have grown and transformed into Phoenix but she is unable to control the new powers given to her and accidentally kills Cyclops during a kiss. Some of the X-Men find Scott's sunglasses later and we see his grave next to Jean's and Xavier's later in the film.
A much younger Cyclops is shown in X-Men Origins: Wolverine played by Tim Pocock. In class Scott is attacked and kidnapped by Sabertooth for William Stryker's experiments. He is freed by Wolverine later in the move before meeting Professor Xavier for the first time and heading off to the Xavier institute.
For most of his portrayal Scott is a typical hero, he follows the rules and tends to be authoritarian. In most incarnations Scott is one of Xavier's most loyal and brightest students as well as a teacher himself and leader of the entire X-Men.
Scott is also identified by specially designed sunglasses or eyewear made to control his powers so he can go about day to day life as well as use his powers in battle. Scott is also usually in a relationship with Jean Grey, in most instances their relationship is serious and long term.