Inari is the god of rice and messenger of the Amatsu-Kami.[2]

In modern times, at the Toji Temple in Kyoto, Japan, Inari appeared in the form of a white fox to Mana Yanowa (priestess of the Shosei Order) and imparted advice to her on how to defeat her corrupted sister Hana Yanowa and the demon Ryuki.[4]

After the Shinto god of evil Mikaboshi and his demons attacked the Olympian pantheon, Inari traveled to the realm of Olympus in an attempt to convince the Olympians to request the aid of his Amatsu-Kami brethren in their battle against Mikaboshi.  Distrustful of Inari, Ares directed that Hermes escort him back to Ama.[3]  But Inari and Hermes developed a secret plan to secure the aid of the Amatsu-Kami by presenting the drinking water given to Inari by Ares as a gift.  Back in Ama, Inari used the gifted water to convince the other Amatsu-Kami that the Olympians had requested their assistance against Mikaboshi.  The Amatsu-Kami came to the aid of the Olympians and assisted in banishing Mikaboshi back to the underworld realm of Yomi.[5]

Inari & his fox

Eventually freed from Yomi, Mikaboshi returned from a campaign across the galaxy with an army of enslaved extraterrestrial deities under his control, and then attacked and conquered Inari and the other Amatsu-Kami.  Inari and the Amatsu-Kami, now under Mikaboshi’s control, lured the "God Squad" (an alliance consisting of Silver Surfer, Venus, Sersi, Daimon Hellstrom and Bast) to their home of Takamagahara (the Plain of High Heaven) within the realm of Ama and presented them with a plan to defeat Mikaboshi by again imprisoning him within Yomi.  However, once the God Squad were led to the temple within Takamagahara that contained the sealed gateway to Yomi, Inari and the Amatsu-Kami revealed that they were under Mikaboshi’s control and turned on the God Squad, although they were eventually defeated.[1]

Powers and Abilities


Inari has the conventional powers of the Japanese gods know as Kami like:

Superhuman Strength: Inari can, despite his frail appearance, lift about 20 tons with his bare hands.

Superhuman Speed: Inari can move at speeds much faster than even the finnest human athlete, and peharps even faster than most gods as he is the Japanese god of commerce.

Superhuman Agility and Reflexes: Inari react to his environment much faster and precise than even the finnest human athlete.

Superhuman Durability: Inari has inhuman durability that allows him to withstand large falls, high caliber guns and powerful laser attacks without injury. He also has some resistence to magic.

Healing factor: Despite his god-like durability, its possible to injury him, but any damaged tissue heals much faster and better than even the healthest human, and he is also immune to any kind of mortal disease. However, he's unable to heal lost limbs and organs without magical outside help.

Mystical energy manipulation: Inari can manipulate magical energies to a number of purposes like presumibly teleportation, levitation and energy blasts. He is often seen using foxes as his messengers, implying that he might have some kind of mystical empathy to such creatures, and since he is the protector of rice crops, he might have some kind of control of plant growth.

Shapeshifting: Inari may have the ability to change his form and appearance to that of any creature, humanoid and inanimate object that he wants. Though he has not yet shown this power, he has been in the past depicted in other forms. Including a woman, a fox and sometimes even as a dragon.



Inari often uses foxes as messengers.

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