Amaterasu is a member of an extra-dimensional race of beings known as the Amatsu-Kami ("Heavenly Ones") who were worshipped as gods by the Ancient Ainu and Japanese people in Eastern Asia. She is one of a trinity of gods at a large hierarchy of deities along with Susanoo, the storm-god, and Tsukuyomi, the moon-god.
In 1000 AD, the Third Host of the Celestials occurred, during which the aliens informed they would return 1,000 years later to judge Earth's right to continue existing. While the pantheons prepared for war, Gaea planned a peaceful solution to the problem with many goddesses, among them Amaterasu.
For the next thousand years, they searched for humans representing mankind's highest ideals, to be offered to the Celestials as an offering. The goddesses placed the candidates in suspended animation, with their superhuman potential, the legacy of the First Host, awakened.
Amaterasu and the Council of Godheads attempted to avoid the doom of Amatsu-Mikaboshi, the Chaos King, but were inadvertently revealed in their pocket dimension by Hercules. Amaterasu and her pantheon were killed, consumed by Mikaboshi, and turned into his slaves.
Amaterasu possesses the conventional physical attributes of the Amatsu-Kami.
Amaterasu also possesses extraordinary powers to tap into and manipulate mystical energies for a number of effects, mostly in conjuring great heat and light on the level of a small sun.
- 3 Appearances of Amaterasu (Earth-616)
- Minor Appearances of Amaterasu (Earth-616)
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- 1 Images featuring Amaterasu (Earth-616)
- Quotations by or about Amaterasu (Earth-616)
- Character Gallery: Amaterasu (Earth-616)
- Amaterasu at the Guide to the Mythological Universe
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