Very much this. I think a large part of why I didn't care for Jean was her choice in men. I know there are comic book iterations of him that are more steely, but in the cartoon series (which was, like the poster quoted, as another girl who got run out of the comic book shops and never went back, my primary exposure to the X-men in general) he was a weak willed wining millstone around the all too passive and pacifying Jean's neck - excepting the time that she was Dark Phoenix, which gave her awesome points to burn.IndomitableSam said:Growing up as a girl in the 80's and 90's... Rogue is my favourite, hands-down. Jean always smacked of pathetic to me when she wasn't Phoenix. Also... Cyclops is a pussy. Never liked him.
I couldn't ever afford comics as a kid (and holy crap were girls discouraged from buying them - I'd get talked down to at the comic stores, so much so I haven't read any to date), so I'm only basing it off the show. But she was pretty awesome all around.