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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 metaphysical energy that is present in the physical body. Variation of 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 natural energy, they can gain superhuman capabilities, which can be used in cases of extreme combat. Some examples include physically manifesting all of their inner strength and unleash it to the fullest extent of its power through shear force of will, achieving extraordinary abilities, strength, speed, durability, and reflexes, or in some cases, enables 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

Variations

Associations

  • Ambition Manipulation: Chi is also fueled by one's fighting spirit and 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.
  • 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.
  • Light Generation - Chi is often bio-luminescent
  • Mystical Martial Arts and Yin & Yang Manipulation: The concept of yin/yang and chi are in Chinese martial arts. If one wishes to perfect their chi, they must find balance
  • 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 an 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 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 of 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 dark and twisted, able to cause to 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 practitioner in martial arts.
  • Life-Force Inhibition is the perfect counter.

Known Users

Anime/Manga

  • Users of Ki (Akatsuki/Sakigake Otokojuku)
    • Shishimaru Tsurugi (Akatsuki Otokojuku)
    • Wu Yuan-Shao (Akatsuki Otokojuku)
    • Akashi Juzo (Akatsuki Otokojuku)
    • Daigouin Kouki (Akatsuki Otokojuku)
    • Momotaro Tsurugi (Sakigake Otokojuku)
    • Edajima Heihachi (Sakigake Otokojuku)
  • Xiao Yan (Battle Through the Heavens)
  • Users of Chi/Ki (Black Cat)
  • Various Characters (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)
  • Various 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)
  • 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)

Cartoons

  • Benders (Avatar series); chi serves as the root of bending.
  • Several Characters (Jackie Chan Adventures)
  • Oogway (Kung Fu Panda)
  • Kai (Kung Fu Panda)
  • Shifu (Kung Fu Panda)
  • Po (Kung Fu Panda)
  • Users of Chi (Legends of Chima)
  • 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

  • Iron Fist (Marvel Comics)
  • Victor Alvarez (Marvel Comics)
  • Temujin (Marvel Comics)
  • Shang-Chi (Marvel Comics)
  • The Mandarin (Marvel Comics)

TV Series/Films

  • Dairangers (Gosei Sentai Dairanger)

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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