Ahmir-Jordan Kwame Washington was born in San Francisco, California on June 8th, 1993 to middle-class parents Lisa Marie Washington and Mawunyo "Rafiki" Kaimenyi one minute before his sister Chayana, making him of African-American, Kenyan, and Ghanaian descent. Since a young boy, Ahmir-Jordan or just A.J. has always looked up to superheroes ever since he was introduced to them. He even looked up to his father, Mawunyo, as his own personal hero because he joined the San Francisco Police Department after dating Lisa and has done dangerous duties to keep the city safe. Unfortunately, his happiness came to an end when he received the news from one of his father's partners that he was killed by a vicious gang during a gang fight right before his and Chayana's birthday. Severely torn by the loss, A.J. vowed that someday, he would take his father's place in protecting the city.
After his father's death, A.J. moved to New York City with his mother and sister to start anew and he started going to Downtown Manhattan High School, where he met his friends Samantha Hale, Schuyler Buckingham, and Chika Morizuka. He even had some bullies that kept on pestering him such as varsity football star Butch Sanderson and his on-and-off girlfriend Clarissa Millhouse, who got into trouble with the teachers and the principal mostly.
When A.J. was walking home after having a rough day in school, he noticed strange purple-colored lightning bolts zigzagging across the sky which caught the eyes of other bystanders. Then suddenly, one of the bolts descended from the sky and struck A.J. in the chest, which started surging through his body, making him pass out. After he was checked out of the hospital, he started getting major headaches when in school and one day he passed out in front of his friends, much to their horror. Soon, the symptoms started to wear off and A.J. started to experience major changes within him: he could blast star-based energy bolts and electricity from his hands and gained the ability to fly while trying to get Chika's homework assignments.
One day, he noticed a robbery going down where a group of young thugs had stolen money from the National Bank of New York and made a get away in a big black van. A.J. saw how distraught the bankers were and he took action by using his new powers to thwart the robbers and return the money to its rightful owners. But when he got home, he told his mother and sister about what happened and was scolded by both of them. He told them that he had gained superhuman powers, and demonstrated them to prove his honesty. He was told that he shouldn't put his life in danger because he had lost his father in a shooting, but A.J. told them that he had vowed to be a hero like him, and with his new powers, he was going to keep the promise.
A.J. isn't much of a fashionable person, but his mother has really good taste in fashion. A.J. tends to be seen wearing eagle-printed designer t-shirts, designer jeans, and different pairs of Jordans. A.J.'s hair is worn in long dreadlocks that are down to his back, and would sometimes tie them into a ponytail or with a bandana.
A.J.'s suit is made of 100% spandex and its design is created completely by his mother, Lisa Marie Washington. His suit is dark blue with white and gold/yellow highlights. On his chest is a large white star with golden highlights as well as lightning bolts on each point, zig-zagging horizontally and diagonally from the torso and chest. He has white gloves with golden cuffs, white boots with gold trimming on the triangular tops, followed by a golden belt with a star-shaped buckle sporting a yellow jewel in the center. He has blue opaque sunglasses, and a white star-shaped eyemask with yellow highlights. And to make his suit stand out, he wears his father's brown leather bomber jacket, insisted upon by Chayana.
A.J. is your typical friendly young man who can get along with almost everyone. Growing up in the Bay Area, he is the sociable type and would love to start a conversation with anyone around him. Despite being in a middle-class family, A.J. is completely from the street inside and out and isn't afraid to pick a fight. He's shown to be very loud and stubborn when he's in his "street-mode" and would often say "You trippin!", "Y'all somethin' else." and his mostly used quote: "Damn!" which all shows a bit of a comic side of him and it sometimes get his hero allies involved. Also, he has a very hot-temper and would blow up when he's provoked which is mostly caused by Wolverine's teasing.
Powers and Abilities
- Stellar Bolt Projection: From the Zirainian crystal's energy, A.J. can project yellow-colored stellar energy from his hands by balling his fists. His energy bolts can produce large explosions when in contact with an opponent, and he can throw his bolts as circular projectiles, like Starfire. It is also shown that A.J. can use his bolts as force fields and as a telekinetic alternative.
- Cosmic Beam Emission: He can produce and shoot beams of cosmic energy with his open palm hands which can produce explosive results like his stellar bolts.
- Electricity Manipulation/Attacks: A.J. can create electricity bolts and shoot them with his hands forming the Spider-Man hand gesture. Like his other abilities, this power has the same results, but can be a bit dangerous.
- Flight: Because of the stellar and electric energy, A.J. was given to fly at all speeds and even thrust at a Star Trek-like warp speed, almost the same speed as the USS Enterprise alone. And, giving his flight flare, A.J. leaves a glowing stream of sparkling stars with bolts of lightning surging around the stream.
- Culinary Expertise: A.J. is shown to be a very skilled cook and would make different kinds of dishes, thanks to his grandmothers (maternal and paternal), and even his mother cooking for many years. He enjoys learning a new dish whether it's American or another culture and would often show off his skills to his friends, which rival Nova (Sam Alexander), who is also a cook.
Equipment: None known.
Transportation: None known.
Weapons: None known.
- Though technically only American by citizenship, he is Kenyan, Ghanaian, and African-American by heritage.
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