"You know, chi is the breath of life. It is what powers the Iron Fist."
― Davos (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
"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 power to manipulate the flow of latent energy that is present in the physical body. Variation of Energy Manipulation. Physical variation of Life-Force Manipulation.

Also Called

  • Ki/Qi Control/Manipulation

Other Terms

  • Chigong/Qi/Qigong (Chinese)
  • Ki/Kikou/Kikoujutsu (Japanese)
  • Senjutsu (Highschool DxD)
  • Tao (Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku)
  • Tōki (Fist of the Blue Sky/Fist of the North Star)


The user can create, shape, and manipulate chi. By learning to harness this inner latent energy, they can gain superhuman capabilities and use them in cases of extreme combat. Some examples include physically manifesting all of their inner strength and unleashing it through sheer force of will.

The control of one’s chi can allow for extraordinary abilities, strength, speed, stamina, durability and reflexes, or in some cases enabling the use of energy blasts, elemental manipulation, hyper awareness, and sometimes invulnerability.

In different cases the user can produce chi by channeling the energy through the physical body or from surrounding environment and can also by using the natural energy of the planet or cosmos.


  • Balance: The user can find balance by the force of yin and yang.
  • Channeling: The user can utilize their chi towards a great potential to use their chi for any kind of possibilities.
  • Chi Absorption: Absorb chi from one's surroundings to use in some capacity.
  • Chi Attacks: Utilize one's chi for powerful offensive attacks.
  • Chi Augmentation: Use one's chi in order to increase their physical aspects.
    • Bodily Attribute Augmentation: Channel one's chi within in order to push certain attributes to superhuman levels.
    • Combat Empowerment: The more the user fights, the stronger their bodies grow, thus strengthening their chi.
    • Optimal Finesse: The user can use their chi to enhance their finesse to the highest potential.
  • Chi Combat: Combine chi control with physical combat skill.
  • Chi Constructs: The user can form their chi into powerful energy constructs.
  • Chi Flight: Use chi for flight.
  • Chi Generation: Generate chi.
  • Chi Healing: The user can repair the damage that has been done to the body whether it be internal or external.
  • Chi Regeneration: The user can repair damage dealt to their body automatically.
  • Chi Psionics: The user can achieve psychic power via their chi.
  • Chi Invisibility: Use chi to become invisible.
  • Chi Projection: Emit chi outside of one's body.
  • Chi Detection: The user can use their chi to sense others.
  • Chi Concealment: Hides one's chi.
  • Chi Solidification: The user can condense their chi into a solidified state.
  • Control Negation: The user can break themselves, and others free of control effects.
  • Cosmic/Planetary Empowerment: The user can channel the natural energy of the planet or cosmos and convert them into powerful chi.
  • Elemental Manipulation: The user can 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 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 to achieve its true nature.
  • Indomitable Will: The full power of chi can be unleashed through sheer force of will.
  • Life-Force Inhibition: Inhibit the flow of chi in one's body and others.
  • Nature Unity: The user of chi can become one with nature.
    • Battlefield Adaptation: The user 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.




  • 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 a savage beast.
  • Aura Manipulation: Follows similar concept.
  • Bio-Electricity Manipulation: Can be seen as the ´´Real-Life´´ Version of Chi given how similar they function.
  • Breathing Empowerment: The air all living creatures breathe to sustain life is considered the most important sources of chi after food and water. Through precise and refined breath control, one can strengthen their body by constantly inhaled air based chi and even sustain themselves without food and water.
  • Enhanced Power Potential: Few members of one's species have more potential for power in their chi then most.
    • Raw Power: Rarely some can have a great amount of power so great to a grand scale.
  • 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.
  • Nature Empowerment: Chi users can absorb nature-based chi to empower their own life energy and body.
  • 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.
  • 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 reserves and potency of one's chi, as well as enhance their abilities.
      • Hyper Form: A hyper from increases the reserves and potency of one's chi exponentially beyond Super Form, but leaves them at risk of burning out their power too quickly.


  • 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 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

See Also: Ki Manipulation.


  • Users of Ki (Akatsuki/Sakigake Otokojuku)
  • Xiao Yan (Battle Through the Heavens)
  • Users of Chi/Ki (Black Cat)
  • Users of Ki (Dragon Ball series)
  • Various Characters (Fist of The North Star)
  • Master Son (Gintama)
  • Various Martial Artists (Gosu)
  • Users of Ki (Id-The Greatest Fusion Fantasy)
  • Ryō-shihan (Jungle King Tar-chan)
  • Users of Ki (Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple)
  • Takeuchi (Mob Psycho 100)
  • Teruki Hanazawa (Mob Psycho 100)
  • Tsuchiya (Mob Psycho 100)
  • 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)
  • Tatsumaki/Tornado (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 (The Ruler of the Land)
  • Various Characters (Rurouni Kenshin)
  • Chinmi (Tekken Chinmi)
  • Users of Ki (Tenjou Tenge)
  • Han Jee-Han (The Gamer)
  • Shin Sun-Il (The Gamer)
  • Chunbumoon Disciples (The Gamer)
  • Various Martial Artists (Yongbi the Invincible)
  • Wu Li (Zui Wu Dao)
  • Shiba Kyouichi (Shinmai Maou no Testament)
  • Senjutsu Users (Highschool DxD)
  • Kuroka (Highschool DxD)
  • Koneko Toujou (Highschool DxD)
  • Bikou (Highschool DxD)
  • Sun Wukong (Highschool DxD)
  • Ouryuu Naikiri (Highschool DxD)
  • Kyou Kai (Kingdom)
  • Bushins (Kingdom)
    • Hou Ken
  • Akatsuki Ousawa (Hagure Yuusha no Estetica)
  • Granseiz (Hagure Yuusha no Estetica)
  • Seven/Killer Seven ("Scissor Seven")
  • Chairman Jiang ("Scissor Seven")


  • Benders (Avatar series); chi serves as the root of bending.
  • Chi Wizards (Jackie Chan Adventures)
  • Kung Fu Masters (Kung Fu Panda)
    • Po
    • Oogway
    • Kai
    • Shifu
  • Monkey King/Sun Wukong (LEGO Monkie Kid)
  • Users of Chi (Samurai Jack)
  • Ninja Turtles (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 TV series); via training from the Ninja Tribunal.
  • Shredder (Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • Master Monk Quan (Xiaolin Showdown)
  • Chase Young (Xiaolin Showdown)
  • The Four Xiaolin Dragons (Xiaolin Showdown); via the Sun Chi Lantern.
  • Asami Koizumi (Young Justice)


Live Television/Movies

  • Dairangers (Gosei Sentai Dairanger)
  • Jack Brewer (Kickin' It)

Video Games

  • Jon Talbain (Darkstalkers)
  • Jin (Grand Chase)
  • Shiori Kujou (Kajiri Kamui Kagura)
  • X (Mega Man X series)
  • Users of Ninpo (Ninja Gaiden series)
  • Travis Touchdown (No More Heroes)
  • Lo Wang (Shadow Warrior)
  • Sensei Skylanders (Skylanders)
  • Users of Chi (SNK)
  • Users of Ki (Street Fighter)
  • Various Fighters (Tekken Series)
  • Hong Meiling (Touhou Project)


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




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