X-Men: All 6 Cyclops actors ranked from worst to best

The leader of the X-Men, Cyclops is one of Marvel's most popular (and yet underrated) characters. But which of the actors to play him delivered the best performance?

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The X-Men have provided Marvel Comics fans with plenty of beloved characters, and one of the most famous (and yet underrated) of them is Scott Summers, a.k.a. Cyclops.

The leader of the X-Men, Scott is a mutant with the ability to produce powerful energy beams from his eyes (a.k.a. optic blasts). It means that he must wear red shades at all times when not in his X-Men uniform. And when he does suit up to lead the team into battle, he dons a special visor which can focus and direct those energy blasts at anyone who means them harm.

Scott has been involved in many iconic storylines over the years, ranging from his legendary romance with Jean Grey to his feud with Wolverine. He has also been adapted into various other media outside of the comics, too.

The most famous of those appearances have come in the form of the live-action Fox movie franchise, and various beloved animated outings too. Speaking of the former, Cyclops is the only X-Men character to, thus far, have three actors play the role in a significant capacity. It's also wild that all three of them are a part of the same franchise. That being said, who played him the best?

Honorable mentions

Before we rank the most famous actors to play Cyclops, let's take a moment to reflect on some of the performers who brought him to life in a minor capacity. Yes, Scott Summers has been adapted more times than you might remember, but not all of those performances came in memorable projects. Even so, these actors contributed a great deal to the character's media legacy, so let's acknowledge them.

  • George DiCenzo and Neil Ross - Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
  • Michael Bell - Pryde of the X-Men
  • Carlos Alazraqui - The Super Hero Squad Show
  • Scott Porter - Marvel Anime: X-Men
  • Toshiyuki Morikawa - Marvel Anime: X-Men and Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers
  • Steve Staley - Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers

Needless to say that all of these actors were an important part in highlighting how great a character Cyclops is and although they didn't have as much material to work with as the rest of the actors on this list, we're grateful to them for bringing him to life.

With that in mind, let's dive into the six major adaptations of Scott Summers and find out which version of Cyclops is truly the greatest of them all.