I guess this is just where personal preference comes in. Personally I'd much rather take generic shonen crap over painfully unfunny one-liners that make me want to facepalm to a degree that could risk concussion.
Yes, I'll admit, the Japanese lines certainly do sound more generic and arguably 'boring'; but in my opinion, that's also their strength, in that they sound more normal. Generic in this case works both ways; sure, the lines don't particularly stand out, but at the same time it means they're totally inoffensive.
I'd much prefer reserved, ordinary dialogue over "OH HEY GUYS I'M MAKING LAME CONTEXTUAL JOKES ABOUT BALD PEOPLE AND EGGS. EVERY. FIVE. SECONDS."
His jokes are so severely toned down in Generations that if you still hate how he acts in there, than I just think you're exaggerating. My problem with the Japanese dialogue, is that their too,
normal, its like you said there's nothing interesting about them, nothing to grab onto, nothing stands out. It just makes Sonic seem like a boring everyman, when he's been shown he have a lot more personality beyond "Hero who saves the day", yeah I'll take the corny goofball over the average everyman any day of the week, even if I hate the former's personality, at least I can feel something towards them instead of just being indifferent.
And to be entirely fair, Sonic didn't spend every
cutscene making lame jokes in Colors, in fact out of the 23 or so cutscenes I think about 3-4 were dedicated to those jokes, so I think people are over exaggerating how bad things are again.
Then why isn't Goku being ripped off left and right? Plus, I sorta like Goku, it's just he's established as a silly goofball and Sonic isn't.
I mean of course, Sonic is a kiddy cartoon character, one of a cute furry animal that was portrayed as an extreeeme coooool dude with tude, of course there's something silly about that, and I don't mind if Sonic Team want to poke fun at him for that, but it has to be there for them to make fun of it...
He wasn't that much of a motormouth before, and generally what he said meant something, as opposed to 'talking without saying anything' plus, in Sonic Colours and Generations , he doesn't really seem to enjoy it that much any-more, he has a very "meh....nothing special." approach to his adventures recently.
Yes, because lines like "No low budget flights" totally have deep meaning.
In more direct response, does he really have to follow Personality Powers to absolute T?
I don't see why he has to be the most average guy in the series? Especially if he's the main character, the guy whom we're supposed to empathize and see the view point of, I mean come on he needs some interesting traits beyond the generic hero ones.