Israeli psychic Uri Geller sued Nintendo in 2000 for 100,000 in damages. He claims that the Pokemon Kadabra is a ripoff of his name and his image. According to Geller, a psychic known for his spoon-bending ability, the Pokemon has his abilities, looks like him, and in the Japanese version he has a similar name (“Yungerer” or “Un-Geller”). Furthermore, Geller says that the markings on Kadabra’s chest are the Nazi SS symbol, making the comparisons between himself and the Pokemon all the more damaging. Though there hasn’t been any court order for Nintendo to stop using Kadabra, interestingly enough, Kadabra has not been printed in card form since 2003, and has not been on the show since 2005.
Do you think Geller has a good case? Read more about Geller and the details of his lawsuit in this BBC article and decide for yourself.