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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6. Tim Pocock

Appeared in: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

The biggest surprise in the X-Men movie series for Cyclops fans came in X-Men Origins: Wolverine in which we were introduced to a young Scott Summers. A high school student taken by Major William Stryker, he was still struggling with his abilities and had yet to become the hero we would know in the future.

Tim Pocock delivered an impressive performance as the young hero, offering up what was perhaps the most convincing response to the concussive force caused by the character's optic blasts. Honestly, it's a shame that we didn't get to see more of him in the role, because this was a bit more focus than the franchise's primary Cyclops received, and it was nice to see him have the spotlight (albeit for just a moment).

It was a limited, supporting role for Pocock but he made the most of it and left a strong impression.

5. Nolan North

Appeared in: Wolverine and the X-Men

Nolan North has a ton of memorable performances as legendary comic book characters to his name, including Superboy and Superman on Young Justice, The Penguin in the Batman: Arkham video game franchise, and Iron Man in Marvel's Avengers. He also voiced Cyclops in the underrated 2009 animated series Wolverine and the X-Men.

North played a supporting role in the show as Wolverine was the main character (an understandable approach here given that Logan's name was in the title), but that didn't prevent him from having a number of shining moments throughout. The episode in which we see Scott's origins is a particular gem, and North delivers with a powerful performance that really captures the anguish Cyclops felt over the discovery that he was a mutant; this ultimately set the stage for him to become an integral part of the X-Men, which led to him accepting who he was.

As always, Scott's character journey was compelling and North's performance enhanced it. The show deserved a longer run, and Cyclops deserved more of a chance to take center stage once in a while. But alas, that has become a running theme with the character.