While it is very true that it was the Pheonix "entity" that wiped out a whole civilization, that was not the case when the story was written. Claremont and Byrne said so in later interviews. Even Xavier....EVEN XAVIER was prepared to fight for her life even when he knew what she did. For those who don't remember, go back and read it again. The whole "trapped in a caccoon" was a retcon added on after the fact. It still doesn't change the fact that poor Jean was seen as a victim during that whole story. Yet, Cyclops is seen as a "prick" because he is doing the things that must be done. Even Wolverine, who is KILLING PEOPLE is seen as more of a hero than Cyclops. Heck, the whole X-Force team is seen as heroes. Yet, Cyclops is a prick because he won't take shit from anyone when it comes to mutants who were down to the last 198 or so.
>Yet, Cyclops is seen as a "prick" because he is doing the things that must be done.
I really don't think that's why Scott is seen as a "prick" by some X-men fans. Remember Madelyne Pryor and the unborn baby? I don't know why Marvel wrote Scott like that but that's when I began to dislike the character. As it has been pointed out, Scott's downslide began a long time ago.