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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)


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.


  • Balance: Users are able to balance by the force of yin and yang.
  • Channeling: Users can utilize there chi towards a great potential to use there chi for any kind of possibilities.
  • Chi Augmentation: Use one's chi in order increase their physical aspects.
    • Combat Empowerment: The more the user fights, the stronger their bodies grow, thus strengthening their chi.
    • Enhanced Condition/Supernatural Condition: Channels one's chi within in order to push one's physical capabilities to superhuman levels.
      • Enhanced Combat: Users of chi are able to enhance their combat skills.
      • Enhanced Durability: When amplified by chi, the body is capable of withstanding most forms of pain.
      • Enhanced Senses: User's senses are increased above average.
        • Chi Sense: Users are able to use their chi in order to gain knowledge of another's strength.
      • Enhanced Jump: Use one's chi to increase one's jumping heights
      • Enhanced Speed: Use one's chi in order to increase their speed to the point where they cannot be seen. 
      • Enhanced Strength: Increase one's physical strength to the point where one is capable of destroying strong material.
  • Chi Aura: Able to surround oneself in chi energy.
  • Chi Infusion: Infuse chi into objects (usually weapons), beings, or powers.
    • Elemental Infusion: Seed the core powers of nature itself into each and every item.
    • Energy Infusion: Transfer natural or physical forces into one's surroundings for various effects.
  • Chi Magic: Utilize chi as a source to cast magic.
    • Chi Invisibility: Use chi to become invisible.
    • 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.
  • Chi Projection: Emit chi outside of one's body.
  • Empowered State: Use chi to empower one's natural abilities.
  • Flight - Use chi to achieve flight.
  • Spiritual Healing: Users are able to repair damage that has been done to the body whether it be internal or external.
  • 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 Constructs: Users are able to form their chi into powerful energy constructs.
  • Nature Unity/Elemental Manipulation: Users of chi are able to become one with nature and command elemental and energy forces.
  • 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 becomes in mixes their chi with the chi of others, they are able to become in sync with the energy, allowing them achieve extraordinary power and acquire in new abilities.
  • Spiritual Meditation: Meditate to obtain absolute focus in order to fully manifest one's chi.
  • Transformation: By harnessing their chi, users can transform into a stronger being with greater abilities.




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

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


  • 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.

Known Users


  • 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)
  • 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)


  • 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 Qi (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)


  • 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

  • Users of Ninpo (Ninja Gaiden series)
  • Lo Wang (Shadow Warrior)
  • Users of Chi (SNK)
  • Users of Ki (Street Fighter)
  • All Fighters (Tekken Series)
  • Hong Meiling (Touhou Project)


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


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