WWE personality Robert Booker Tio Huffman, better known as Booker T, is suing Activision for allegedly using his comic book character "G.I Bro" in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
The 53-year-old - one of wrestling's most popular figures, who mostly works as a color commentator on WWE's shows nowadays - filed a copyright complaint against the video game publishers on Tuesday, accusing the company of stealing his likeness for Black Ops character David "Prophet" Wilks.
The lawsuit is based on the similarities between Prophet and G.I Bro as depicted in his comic book G.I Bro and the Dragon of Death, not the G.I Bro persona he used for his wrestling debut in the early 90s.
The suit specifically compares an image of Booker's alter ego with a promotional photo of Prophet, claiming that there's no doubt it was copied.
Huffman's character is a retired special operations soldier fighting an enemy he thought he had dealt with years ago with help from old friends from the military. Prophet, meanwhile, is a cybernetically enhanced soldier who replaces 90 percent of his body parts with mechanical upgrades.
The characters played aren't at all similar. But, to be fair, they do look very much alike.
"This is an action for copyright infringement. Booker T. created two comic books based on his character “G. I. Bro.” the complaint states.
"G.I Bro is a special operations action hero. Defendants published a series of multiplayer, first-person shooter games under the general title “Call of Duty.”
"In 2018, Defendants released Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, a “prequel” to the prior videogame Call of Duty: Black Ops III . In Call of Duty: Black Ops III , one of the “specialist” characters was David “Prophet” Wilkes, who had replaced 90% of his body with “cybernetics” to enhance his fighting ability. For the “prequel,” Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Defendants chose to depict “Prophet” as he was before he remade himself.
"They could have drawn him any way they wanted. But they chose to steal Booker T.’s “G. I. Bro."
Booker T is hardly the first celebrity to take a video game to task. Actor Alfonso Ribeiro recently sued Epic Games over Fortnite's use of his "Carlton dance" from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air while Lindsay Lohan attempted to sue Rockstar Games for their use of a Grand Theft Auto character she claimed was based on her likeness.
Lohan did not succeed on that front, but let's see how this G.I Bro thing develops.