I miss them because, since writers stopped using them, we have the rest of the team as a supporting cast for more popular characters like Scott, Rogue, Wolverine and Storm.
Oh yes! THE HUMAN CHARACTERS. I have to admit, even though some of these fringe players were worthless, I always enjoyed having a pro-mutant human voice around, it grounded the X-men in reality in a more solid way and reinforced Xaviers original vision of integration.
Some of my favorites:
Moira McTarggert - Moira was awesome because Moira was USEFUL. Having Muir Island as a back-up safe zone for the X-men was always cool too. She worked well as Xaviers past love interest. She worked well as Banshee's main squeeze, she worked well with Excalibur - I always felt Moira was a legit supporting player who gave a human face to the mutant plight. The tragedy of her son also added some cool layers to Moira, in fact maybe I shouldn't call her a "supporting" character since she was pretty fleshed out and woven into the X-mythos. RIP Moira. You were taken too soon.
Val Cooper - Another effective human component to the X-stories. Val wasn't a front line battle player but she wasn't a wimp either. She had an interesting angle as she supported mutants but was often a part of and in agreement with goverment policies that weren't always in the mutants best interest. They should use her again - The last time I remember seeing her was the X-men Civil War story.
Stevie Hunter - I like Stevie Hunter because she was so freaking ridiculous. Remember Stevie was Kitty "rUdE guRl" Pryde's dance teacher. Somehow she went from that role to teaching dance to the new mutants (Yes there is a panel of Doug Ramsey in dance lycras and ballet shoes). That role evolved into her being responsible for "the physical conditioning of Charles Xaviers students" ( see X-Tinction agenda). Despite being one of the most under-credentialed trainers for a super hero team EVER, she was also never really around except during random ambushes at the mansion where her "bum knee" would give out ("of all the lousy stinking times!"). I haven't seen Stevie since the Thanksgiving issue of X-men (I think UXM 313, which ever one JEAN asks Scott to marry her in) and even then she's just wallpaper.
SOme of the worst:
Nurse Annie: Pointless, unoriginal, screwed up Alex/Lorna, played out, re-hashed, worthless, forgotten.
Mayor Sadie -Ugh. NEXT please.
Red Lotus: Horrible. Horrible. Horrible.
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I do miss a few. Like some already stated here, it helped ground the X-Men to the ideal of integration and helped convey the fact that not all regular humans were out to kill mutants. Plus, by having mutants and non-mutants interacting on the same side, it gives ample opportunities to show conflicts and distrust issues arise even with the best intentions. I thought Uncanny Avengers was going to play around this the most, but it's too early to see it, and it involves only super-hero characters, which isn't exactly the topic.
I would love to see a series, or even a mini, focusing on a school, not necessarily the Jean Grey School, promoting actual integration of mutant and non mutant students. I think there's a very fertile ground for interesting stories in the hands of the right writer.
I miss Stevie Hunter and I miss Moira, but most of all I miss Banshee saying things like "Moira me darlin, leave those sheep alone and get back in here! Its cold outside!" ;.;
R.I.P Kurt Wagner <3