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"Strength of body, when combined with strength of mind and spirit, can move mountains. Alone however, the body shatters against rock like a brittle twig."
― Chikara-Shisho explaining to the Ninja Turtles of Chi's effect on the body.

The ability to manipulate the flow of latent energy that is present in the physical body. Variation of Energy Manipulation and Life-Force Manipulation. Physical counterpart of Aura Manipulation

Also Called

  • Ki/Qi Control/Manipulation

Other Terms

  • Ki (Japanese)
  • Qi/Qigong (Chinese)

Capabilities

User can create, shape, and manipulate Chi. By learning to harness this inner latent energy, they are able to gain superhuman capabilities, which can be used in cases of extreme combat. Some examples include physically manifesting all of their inner strength and unleashing it to the fullest extent of its power through sheer force of will, achieving extraordinary abilities, strength, speed, durability, and reflexes, or in some cases, enabling the use of super awareness, energy blasts, elemental manipulation, and sometimes invulnerability.

In different cases, the user can produce chi by channeling the energy through the physical body or by using the natural energy of the planet or cosmos.

Applications

  • Balance: Users are able to balance by the force of yin and yang.
  • Channeling: Users can utilize their chi towards a great potential to use their chi for any kind of possibilities.
  • Chi Augmentation: Use one's chi in order increase their physical aspects.
  • Chi Invisibility: Use chi to become invisible.
  • Chi Magic: Utilize chi as a source to cast magic.
    • Potion Creation: Chi is an underlying principle regarding traditional Chinese medicine. It is possible that one is able to create potions to aid them in battle.
    • Spell Casting: Use chi magic to cast spells.
  • Chi Projection: Emit chi outside of one's body.
  • Chi Sense: Users are able to use their chi to sense others.
  • Cosmic/Planetary Empowerment: Users are able to channel the natural energy of the planet or cosmos and convert them into powerful chi.
  • Elemental Manipulation: Users are able to manifest their chi into various elements. The power of one's chi also grants the elements they wield a bludgeoning effect.
  • Empowered State: Use chi to empower to enter a state where existing abilities are greatly increased.
  • Ergokinetic Combat: Utilize chi for cases of extreme combat.
  • Higher Consciousness: Being linked to one's consciousness, chi is able to allow one to be in their true mind.
    • Inner Power: One can gain access to untapped power and awaken their full potential.
      • True Power: One can have their full potential achieve its true nature.
  • Indomitable Will: The full power of chi can be unleashed through sheer force of will.
  • Ki Masking: Hides one's chi.
  • Life-Force Attacks: Utilize one's chi for powerful offensive attacks.
  • Life-Force Constructs: Users are able to form their chi into powerful energy constructs.
  • Life-Force Inhibition: Inhibit the flow of chi in one's body and others.
  • Nature Unity: Users of chi are able to become one with nature.
    • Battlefield Adaptation: Users can orientate their entire body to combat, allowing them to fight in any environment. 
  • Power Mixture: Mix one's chi with the chi of others (Ex: Omi (Xiaolin Showdown) using the Sun Chi Lantern in order to mix his chi with the other Xiaolin Dragons.)
    • Synchronization: Once the user mixes their chi with the chi of others, they are able to become in sync with the energy, allowing them to achieve extraordinary power and acquire new abilities.
  • Spiritual Meditation: Meditate to obtain absolute focus in order to fully manifest one's chi.
  • Spiritual Healing: Users are able to repair damage that has been done to the body whether it be internal or external.

Variations

Associations

  • Ambition Manipulation: Chi is also fueled by one's fighting spirit and the act of not doubting.
    • Intimidation: Bring low the will and fighting spirit of one's opponents.
    • Submission: Submit any and all under one's powerful will, be they man, monster, or savage beast.
  • Aura Manipulation: Spiritual counterpart.
  • Energy Manipulation
  • Genetic Traits: One's chi can be affected by their genetic code, allowing their chi to become unique and possibly more powerful in some way.
  • Power Manifestation: Tap into the eternal energy forces of the astral plane and become a physical representation of one's inner power
    • Avatar Creation: Use one's chi to create a personal avatar to represent one's true nature and power.
  • Training Regimen: As one trains and develops their body, their chi will also become strong.
  • Transcendent Energy Manipulation: Should the user experience a sort of fundamental change or tap into a powerful force, they will be able to exceed their current power and gain control of a transcendent form of chi.
  • Transformation: In some case within fictional media, transformations are able to affect one's chi. Given that chi is dependent on the user's physical body, turning into a different form can result in various changes to it.
    • Dark Form/Demon Form: Should the user's body become warped by dark or demonic powers, their chi will become dark and twisted, able to cause great destruction, but at the cost of the user's force of will.
    • Super Form: A super for greatly increases the the reserves and potency of one's chi, as well as enhanced their abilities.
      • Hyper Form: A hyper from increases the reserves and potency of one's chi exponentially beyond Super Form, but leaves them at a risk of burning out their power too quickly.

Trivia

In many cultures of the world, both aura and chi are very similar. However, there are some feats that both are unable to perform.

Chi
  • Does not require layers or colors.
  • Deals more with physical power than spiritual.
  • Deals with energy and strength.
  • Can be one with nature.
Aura
  • Requires spiritual harmony.
  • Able to recognize if a person has special abilities.
  • Deals with consciousness and personality.
  • Can be one with the universe.

Limitations

  • Takes time to build up chi depending on the amount.
  • Chi is often finite and can be used up quickly.
  • May require training to control the chi within them.
  • Excessive use of chi will also create fatigue.
  • Distance, mass, precision, etc. depend upon of the knowledge, skill, and strength of the user, and their power's natural limits.
  • Vulnerable to corruption, resulting in dark chi
  • If one's body is not physically prepared, then the chi could be sent into flux.
  • User may need to be a practitioner of martial arts.
  • Life-Force Inhibition is the perfect counter.

Known Users

Anime/Manga

  • Users of Ki (Akatsuki/Sakigake Otokojuku)
  • Xiao Yan (Battle Through the Heavens)
  • Users of Chi/Ki (Black Cat)
  • Users of Chi (Dragon Ball)
  • Various Characters (Fist of The North Star)
    • Kenshiro
    • Raoh
  • Senjutsu Users (Highschool DxD)
  • Users of Ki (Id-The Greatest Fusion Fantasy)
  • Ryō-shihan (Jungle King Tar-chan)
  • Users of Ki (Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple)
  • Kaede Nagase (Negima! Magister Negi Magi)
  • Ku Fei (Negima! Magister Negi Magi)
  • Setsuna Sakurazaki (Negima! Magister Negi Magi)
  • Asuna Kagurazaka (Negima! Magister Negi Magi)
  • Kotarou Inugami (Negima! Magister Negi Magi)
  • Users of Haki (One Piece)
  • Tatsumaki (One Punch Man)
  • Ranma Saotome (Ranma 1/2)
  • Ryoga Hibiki (Ranma 1/2)
  • Cologne (Ranma 1/2)
  • Herb (Ranma 1/2)
  • Happosai (Ranma 1/2)
  • Riki-Oh (Riki-Oh)
  • Chou Zenki (Riki-Oh)
  • Chinmi (Tekken Chinmi)
  • Users of Ki (Tenjou Tenge)
  • Han Jee-Han (The Gamer)
  • Shin Sun-Il (The Gamer)
  • Chunbumoon disciples (The Gamer)
  • Users of Ki (The Ruler of the Land)
  • Wu Li (Zui Wu Dao)
  • Various Characters (Rurouni Kenshin)

Cartoons

  • Benders (Avatar series); chi serves as the root of bending.
  • Several Characters (Jackie Chan Adventures)
  • Users of Chi (Samurai Jack)
  • Ninja Turtles (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 TV series); via training from the Ninja Tribunal.
  • Master Monk Quan (Xiaolin Showdown)
  • Chase Young (Xiaolin Showdown)
  • The Four Xiaolin Dragons (Xiaolin Showdown); via the Sun Chi Lantern.
  • Asami Koizumi (Young Justice)

Comics

TV Series/Films

  • Dairangers (Gosei Sentai Dairanger)
  • Kung Fu Masters (Kung Fu Panda)
    • Po
    • Oogway
    • Kai
    • Shifu

Video Games

  • Jin (Grand Chase)
  • X (Mega Man X series)
  • Users of Ninpo (Ninja Gaiden series)
  • Lo Wang (Shadow Warrior)
  • Sensei Skylanders (Skylanders)
  • Users of Chi (SNK)
  • Users of Ki (Street Fighter)
  • All Fighters (Tekken Series)
  • Hong Meiling (Touhou Project)

References

To learn more how the concept of chi is used in fictional universes and real life, visit the following websites.

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