Nobody Has Blinded Me!
If sitcoms are to comics what Friends are to the X-men then Cyclops is Ross Geller. Yes, Ross. Scott and Ross both first appear as emotionally damaged but empathetic, even virtuous, characters. Scott Summers is a mutant and an orphan (or, at least that’s what we’re initially led to believe) and Ross Geller is a recent and reluctant divorced man with a child on the way. They’re both romantically interested and then involved with emotionally unstable woman. The women’s emotional instability, to be fair, isn’t really their fault, caused instead by the trappings of wealth for Rachel, and therefore never really living a self-sufficient life, and the literal deification and subsequent death some thirteen times for Jean Grey. (I might go a little bonkers myself if that happened to me too.) Scott and Ross want to rescue them. And, lastly, they’re both rule followers.
The last point isn’t revelatory, but I think it decipher why both are “heroes” in a sense while most I know think they’re also “jerks”. Cyclops followed Professor X, but never actually imbibed the gnostic mysteries of his zen master. Ross never learned any deeper meaning to his unremitting comic misfortunes though they both lived by a set of rules that they understood would bring them some kind of material or existential fortune. When that didn’t happen, Ross famously “took a break” and so did Cyclops.
And really, that’s the genesis of their “Jerk-dom”. Both Ross and Cyclops are characters that are moralistic without being ethical. Writers made them box checkers through the years. Legalistic white knights give the appearance, even to themselves, of a hero, but when they fall from their horses they blame everyone else but themselves for not strapping the saddle on right. Or, you kill Professor X. Same diff…