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->''"You can only beat it by channeling your own spiritual energy into it! Because it's the ki boss."''
-->-- '''Troper Tropers/{{Fawriel}}''', on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhDg1pyXP1U this]] infamous LetsPlay/{{Raocow}} video[[note]]Don't worry, it will show up at the top because Raocow commented on it.[[/note]]

A staple of the martial arts genre. Ki (or [[UsefulNotes/WhyMaoChangedHisName chi or qi in Chinese]]; traditional Chinese: 氣, simplified Chinese: 气, Japanese: 気) is the [[LifeEnergy life force energy]] (and, to a lesser extent, [[PsychoactivePowers emotions/disposition]]) of the martial artist and/or the world around him; true masters can [[MasterOfYourDomain tap into that energy directly]] and use it for what amounts to superhero-style attacks. Compare Chi with {{Mana}}.

Sometimes Ki is divided into subtypes associated with particular kinds of environments or supernatural beings, the most common example being some kind of demonic Ki which has properties of {{Mana}} and acts as TheDarkSide (often called "youki", as in {{Youkai}} Ki). In some works ''only'' this special Ki is used, with regular human Ki being either non-existent or just too weak to do anything with.

If FunctionalMagic also exists in the '{{verse}}, there's usually a distinction made between the two, comparable to the distinction between PsychicPowers and FunctionalMagic in Western SpeculativeFiction. If no distinction is made, it's SupernaturalMartialArts. If a character can use both individually, then they're a KungFuWizard. At times may overlap with BackgroundMagicField. Sometimes Ki Manipulation is a part of some MartialArtsAndCrafts, making it either RuleOfFunny or RuleOfCool.

Having a large amount of Ki will usually produce a BattleAura.

Common types of Ki Manipulation include:

* PureEnergy: The basic ki attack, just channeling energy.
** EnergyBall: A spherical form of said energy.
** FauxFlame: Using that same ki to create artificial, ghostly flames.
* ElementalPowers: Turning your own spirit energy into one of the elements for some ElementalRockPaperScissors effect!
** ElementalPunch: Using your fist [[WreathedInFlames covered in elemental power]].
* {{Flight}} or [[PowerFloats Levitation]]: The force of your ki can push you away from the ground, voluntarily or as a side-effect of focusing your power.
* KamehameHadoken: The biggest, baddest attack used in one giant beam.
* EnergyDonation: Expend your own ki to recharge another ki user, as long as your "wavelengths" are fairly similar.
** BequeathedPower: Transfer ''all'' of your ki into another person, including the energy you need to stay alive.
** CombinedEnergyAttack: Not only using your own, but anyone else's spirit energy.
* [[TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne Sensing]]: Can sense the spirit energy of others, can tell where they may be and how powerful they are.
** TheEmpath: Sensing the feelings of others by their aura.
* [[MagicEnhancement Self-Enhancement]]: Use ki to boost own physical body, becoming stronger, faster and tougher.
** SuperToughness: The refined ki flowing through your skin makes it hard as steel, or attacks are cancelled out by [[DeflectorShields a wall of ki that surrounds you]].

May be represented with BlastingTime. See also HandBlast, an attack which is similar in appearance.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Akatsuki from ''LightNovel/AestheticaOfARogueHero'' is a ki adept surrounded by magic users and is arguably the strongest fighter in the setting.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' Hollows use concentrated bursts of spiritual energy in the form of Ceros. The size and shape depend largely on the user's rank with the Espada possessing the most powerful versions.
** Likewise, some Shinigami kido resemble this trope.
** As does Ichigo's Getsuga Tensho.
** Any elemental Zanpakuto would qualify seeing how it's all connected to reiatsu. Fullbring abilities and most Quincy powers qualify as well.
*** Not just Zanpakuto, but everything depends on spirit energy. Simply put, if you don't have spirit energy, you can be killed just by being in the general vicinity of a person with a lot of spirit energy, as displayed by [[spoiler: Aizen and Starrk/Lilynette during their flashback.]] And even if you ''do'' have it, somebody sufficiently far above you can ''still'' kill you just by being nearby, unless they actively suppress their own power. [[spoiler:Something Starrk/Lilynette apparently didn't know how to do before Aizen recruited them.]]
* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' also has youki, the energy of the evil youma. Difference is, only those who were [[DeadlyUpgrade infused with youma blood]] (namely, the titular warriors) can use it, and using too much youki will turn you into a BigBad.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'' is probably the TropeCodifier. Damn near everything the main characters do in a fight is based on martial arts that focus on harnessing ki. Mastering Ki provided certain superpowers, such as [[SuperSpeed enhanced speed]], [[SuperStrength enhanced strength]], {{fl|ight}}ying, and throwing around energy blasts [[RangedEnergyAttackTropes of various stripes]]. More mystical or otherwise ''weird'' warriors had access to other, more exotic abilities.
** The exception being Dr. Gero's {{Artificial Human}}: 19 and 20 are fully mechanical[[note]]Except for the latter having Gero's BrainInAJar[[/note]] and can drain ki, while 17 and 18 are "eternal energy models" with effectively infinite power supplies, and [[FlawedPrototype 16]] is mechanical but doesn't usually use energy attacks. This presents its own problems for the heroes, whose ability to sense ki is obviously useless against enemies who don't have any, and makes a good portion of the Android Saga a blind hunt.
** ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' reveals that gods have ki that is fundamentally different from that of mortals', and as such they cannot be sensed by the heroes. Goku and Vegeta begin to sense it when in their Super Saiyan God forms, and there are some hints that they're learning to sense it outside of those forms as time goes on.
** The MMO ''VideoGame/DragonBallOnline'' put an interesting spin on this in its backstory, where Gohan wrote a book detailing the "secrets" of ki manipulation to the general public, who had generally regarded such feats as nothing but smoke and mirrors. This book, as well as one such SupernaturalMartialArts school helping fight off an AlienInvasion, is the reason why [[EverybodyWasKungFuFighting powerful martial artists are so wide-spread]] in the game, which is set over 200 years after ''DBZ''.
* Used sparingly in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', at least at first.
** Raoh can use his aura to attack others, making his ki attacks essentially a punch in the face. Some of his attacks, such as ''Hokuto Goushou Ha'', border on KamehameHadoken, though. Given that with Hokuto Shinken a punch in the face can make a guy [[MadeofPlasticine explode]] and destroy objects like battle tanks, this is still quite useful.
** Kenshiro uses one in the battle against Souther, although it's treated as a dramatic finishing move.
** Later in the series, Gento fighters use ki almost exclusively, and take advantage of its burning and freezing properties.
** Likewise, Hokuto Ryuuken practitioners use ki attacks that resemble magical spells.
** Ki blasts in [=HnK=] are frequently seen by Kenshiro as "[[AwesomeButImpractical wasteful]]," since he does equal or more damage by simply striking his foes with less expenditure of energy on his part. Raoh seems simply badass enough to personally subvert this rule, and uses it as psychological warfare; {{Mooks}} faced with them [[OhCrap will realize how outclassed they are]] and either beg for their life or run away to spread the legend of the guy who can punch you into annihilation from twenty meters away without even using his hands (and God help you if he's showing you his palm), and foes good enough to know what using ki entails tend to either surrender or [[TakingYouWithMe try and use suicidal attacks]] ([[NoSell that will invariably fail]]) after being swatted away in such a wasteful way.
** Ki attacks in the series seem divided in two tiers. Basic ones, like Raoh's ki punch and the more widespread KamehameHadoken-style attacks, consist of hitting someone with ki, as the only advantage they have is a superior range that a skilled opponent can just power through them (as Rei tried to do in his failed HeroicSacrifice and Kenshiro did immediately after). Then there are the high school ones, that either do more damage than just punching someone (most of Gento's attacks) or do something special to [[CrazyPrepared deal with some improbable situation]] (like Toki's infamous [[FanNickname Jesus Beam]] that will kill the target while giving him pleasure, and deal with you have problems moving, Souther's ability to become intangible, Kenshiro's above-mentioned attack that sealed Souther's intangibility power, Hokuto Ryuuken's attacks, and a Gento attack to freeze ground).
* In the ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'' manga, Ranfan and Ling occasionally reference 'Ki' as the flow of life. While they don't exactly use it for attacks, their ability to sense it has come in handy on several occasions.
* Nakago from ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' throws ki blasts out on a regular basis. After a hefty power upgrade and provocation from Nakago, Tamahome fires one himself, managing to slap a third-degree burn onto Nakago's shoulder. Badass indeed.
* ''Manhua/HitoriNoShitaTheOutcast'' is centred around ki users known as Outsiders.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' introduces 'nen' after a while, which is an energy that comes from within each individual, and is basically chi. It is used to perform devastating attacks but also has many other, less combative, functions.
* Having different kinds of energy for humans and youkai is seen in ''Manga/InuYasha''. Youki is found in all demons, while spiritual energy can only be used by humans that train to use it (miko, monks, etc.), and divine power only comes from special items (the sword Tenseiga which has the power to resurrect a dead person once by destroying the spirits that take their soul away and attack other underworld beings).
* There is a martial art used by the protagonists in the first two parts of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' (and a single character in Part 3) called "Hamon" or "the Ripple." It doesn't have any energy blasts, but can be channeled through organic/liquid materials to give them different properties or attack indirectly. Also has elements of ThePowerOfTheSun (since the sun is the source of life), being particularly harmful to vampires. Various other powers granted by the Ripple include curing poison, [[WalkOnWater walking on water]], resistance to the absorption abilities of the [[FoodChainOfEvil Pillar Men]], and [[SwissArmySuperpower whatever creative uses the user can think of]].
* Interestingly, this is one of [[BadassGrandpa Hayato Furinji's]] ultimate techniques in ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple,'' a work that otherwise does its best to lie in the realms of non-supernatural fighting (CharlesAtlasSuperpower notwithstanding). A variation, however, in that it's not so much an energy blast as it is a whole lot of wind. Not to mention it's ineffective against anyone with a decent understanding of ki, and thus mostly useless except against [[{{Muggles}} ordinary people.]]
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', though essentially set in the same universe as ''Love Hina'', has both [[UsefulNotes/{{Onmyodo}} Eastern]] and HermeticMagic in addition to traditional "ki"-based fighting. It compares and differentiates the two Magic styles in detail (eg. Eastern styles favor lone-wolf operatives, Western styles put emphasis on teamwork), as well as the differences between using Magic and Ki in combat.
** The Kanka technique, which both magic and Ki ''[[YinYangBomb at the same time]]'' grants what is possibly the biggest power-up possible in the series. Apart from this, though, Evangeline established early on (about after she took Negi as her apprentice) that [[MutuallyExclusiveMagic they conflict and interfere with each other without training]].
* The ninjas of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' use ki to do basically everything from energy attacks to walking on water. Although the author mistakenly referred to the energy as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chakra Chakra,]] which is something completely different. By the time he realized his mistake it was too late to do anything about it so the term Chakra is still being used.
** It should be noted that Taijutsu also uses chakra. Rock Lee´s special technique, the opening of the gates, allows his chakra to move freely, thus giving him his super strength and speed. The chakra use in Taijutsu may not be as flashy or esoteric as in Genjutsu or Ninjutsu, but it´s still there, nevertheless.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has slowly but surely inched its way towards this with "Haki" (also known as "Ambition"). While hints of its use abounded from the Skypeia arc onward, the Amazon Lily arc gave the clearest and most specific examples of it before it was fully explained. When we finally got in-depth information on Haki, it was revealed that it came in three general forms. The most common two are: the ability to be able to not only cause considerably more damage using an attack but also to ignore special Devil Fruit-borne defenses, such as a rubber or intangible body; and the ability to predict the conscious actions of the combatant's opponent. The final form, the Emperor's Haki, is only rarely possessed by a given Haki-wielder. Its use will knock out weaker people, and will fatigue stronger people.
** It was actually first used all the way at the start of the manga when Shanks uses it to scare a Sea King away to save Luffy. It looks exactly like it does in the recent chapters, except the sound effect isn't used. Whether the author had it planned all along is unknown, but it was probably fleshed out and developed later because there needed to be a better way to counter certain Logia powers aside from natural elemental weakness.
* The advanced techniques of Ranma, Ryoga and Herb in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.
** Note that Saffron does not actually use Ki Attacks; rather, he shoots out ''[[PlayingWithFire raw flame]]''.
** Hinako Ninomiya literally has only two attacks and both of them are Ki Attacks. With the first, she [[EnergyAbsorption drains]] the BattleAura from a victim, usually rendering them too weak to fight. If facing more then one opponent, or they don't fall to her technique, she can unleash a KamehameHadoken that uses up all of the stolen ki energy. Both attacks trigger her {{Dual Age Mode|s}}, the draining aging her up and the other aging her down.
* In ''Manga/SaintSeiya/Knights of the Zodiac'', the saints/knights fight using Cosmos. Which is the same as ki, but with another name.
* Hakkai from ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' uses chi to produce energy blasts and shields and for healing.
* Present in ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'', though they don't manifest as the light shows seen in other anime series--you can usually only tell if someone is using ki by their indirect effects (such as disrupting nearby air or water). Further, you have to be ridiculously badass to pull them off at all in the ''Champloo'' universe: Mugen was only able to fire one off, by chance, after a week of intense training and focus, while Jin can only beat another ki user by using a DangerousForbiddenTechnique/[[spoiler:TakingYouWithMe maneuver]].
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': Tamama's "Tamama Impact".
** Later, there's Shivava, in the 3rd movie, and Orara, in the 7th season, who are, respectively, ''Expy'' of the Monkey King (with a bit of [[Franchise/DragonBall DragonBall]]'s Goku thrown in) and of Dragonball's Goku himself. Both of them had ''KamehameHadoken''s and a ''BattleAura''. Orara was even voiced by Goku's original voice actor.
* The various Sevaar warriors from ''Anime/ShadowSkill'' are powerful ki adepts.
* ''Manga/{{Shamo}}'' had one arc where these appeared, but which has since become {{CanonDiscontinuity}}.
* In all but name, this is the basis for the soul-related abilities in ''Manga/SoulEater''. Some need the Weapons' amplification ability to work, while others do not. It would also give a possible explanation for the "spiritual connection" Mifune is said to have with his (normal, relatively) swords in the manga. Stein and Black Star are the two characters who attack directly with their soul wavelength, the ability having to do with the strength/size of that wavelength. The others mostly manipulate it through Weapons or individual abilities.
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' utilizes the PureEnergy, Self Enhancement and ElementalPowers variants.
* ''Anime/VariableGeo'' is about [[WorldOfActionGirls a group of combat waitresses]], who're competing in an MMA tournament. Each has the ability to channel Ki and elemental powers, as seen at the end of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_z3YxPQ20s Yuka's match with Jun]] and [[KickChick Kaori's]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Bj_k9WLc-I opening bout.]]
* Xing (Yue) Bairong from ''Manhwa/WitchHunter'' uses Ki/Chi to perform the ability Speed Fist (or Shinsok/Shinchuk.)
* ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'' has these. Usually later in the series. Also in the form of RazorWind and Razor Lightning and Razor Dark-and-Forbidden Energy. The Moon Princess Kaguya takes the cake.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' is an example of characters not having just "ki" attacks, but specifically reiki (spirit energy, used by humans) or youki (which is the energy of the youkai).
** Sensui also used some sort of holy energy.
** Yusuke is still the king of this. The fact that he's part-demon results in the unique condition that he can use ''both'' types of ki. During the fight for controlling the demon realm, when his enemy protected himself with a shield impenetrable to Yusuke's stronger youki, he responded by using both youki and reiki '''AT THE SAME TIME'''. Cue to reiki leaking through the shield and injuring his gloating opponent. He wasn't able to keep it up for long, though; apparently, reiki subverts youki when both are present, resulting in Yusuke transforming back from his Mazoku form into human form. Though mixing youki and reiki temporarily creates an effect similar to Sensui's holy energy.
** Bui from the Dark Tournament, despite being a demon, has a unique type of energy referred to simply as "BattleAura" that's apparently distinct from regular youki.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/NewSuperMan'': Kenan Kong's powers come explicitly from the Qi of Franchise/{{Superman}} he absorbed. Currently, he only has access to a subset of Superman's powers, and is still in training to "unlock" all of them.
* Stick, Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'s teacher, belongs to a group of chi-adept martial artists called [[http://marvel.com/universe/Chaste The Chaste]].
* ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' has chi as a variant of magic used by some war mages and martial artists, especially ninja. The most major chi user in the series is Ryan Tabbot, who likes to throw in pop-culture references to other chi-users with his attacks (Hadoken!).
* In ''ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist'', the titular character and his fellow Immortal Weapons all use chi as the foundation for their superpowers. These range from merely increased strength like Danny Rand to channelling Ki through guns and into bullets like his predecessor, Orson Randall.
* The Mandarin is a nasty example of a chi user. People tend to forget that he can give himself enough superhuman strength via chi to go hand to hand with Comicbook/IronMan. To say nothing of his son Temugin, who is an even more powerful chi manipulator and martial artist.
* Then there's the latest [[LegacyCharacter Power Man]], Vic Alvarez, who possesses the ability to absorb chi and channel it into devastating strikes.
* Shang-Chi, long time friend and fellow MA adjacent to Iron Fist, has shown a slew of enhanced chi manipulation and projection abilities time and time again. Capable of fighting and besting opponents several leagues above his weight class [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/11/113509/2762398-shang.png and winning.]]
* Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} villain Soulstriker had the ability to [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin physically hit his opponent's life force]], thus weakening and torturing them. [[spoiler: Until Wolverine cut his hands off.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'':
** In the climactic battle between Shifu and Tai Lung, Master Shifu manages to split apart a gigantic boulder the snow leopard kicks at him with a dazzling display of blue light (in BulletTime no less!). Later in the fight, although it originally comes from a brazier he knocks over, Tai Lung is able to wield fire in his paws, apparently without even being singed by it.
** Shifu also demonstrates being able to use something akin to wind powers with his chi, and several characters are shown using nerve attacks. The titular Panda defeats Tai Lung with a huge blast, which Shifu threatened to use earlier in the film.
** In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', Tigress connects her chi energy with Po's in order to blast him forward in the fight with the Wolf Boss. It even leaves a trail of flames.
** ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'', has this used extensively, from EnergyVampire villain Kai [[spoiler: using stolen chi to [[MagicEnhancement empower himself]]]], Po [[spoiler: using the Wuxi finger hold on himself to take both he and Kai to the Spirit Realm]], and [[spoiler:Po's fathers, the panda village, and Tigress [[SuperEmpowering giving their chi to Po]] to give him the strength to defeat Kai]].

* At the ''LARP/OtakonLARP'', characters that have Magic or Chi manipulation abilities (which run the entire gamut of options) generally have an ability called “Sense Magic” that allows them to determine when a strong use of power is used nearby. It isn't quite TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne, because the sense is "a burst of power over there".

* Kylie Chan's ''Literature/DarkHeavens'' books have chi-fueled martial arts and wuxia.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has "normal", functional, rules-based equivalent-exchange magic. Normal magic ''can'' be fueled by energy that in a person or in the world, but doesn't have to be; there's also ritual magic, summoning magic, and certain unconscious talents. Using your own energy is dangerous for the obvious reasons. Using someone else's energy without their consent is dangerous because it has the curious side effect of you being beheaded by angry Wardens of the White Council. Most wizards use the world around them as a power source; most amateurs use ritual or summoning magic. In his POV short story, Thomas comments that only powerful wizards see things in terms of chi, and minor practitioners see it more like a technician would approach sufficiently advanced technology.
** There's also Soulfire, the principle tool of angels, which literally consumes your soul as fuel. How is unclear, but normal magic and Soulfire are distinct enough that they act like concrete and rebar, with the Soulfire briefly imbuing the magic with the caster's life and free will. Harry is deeply disturbed by the implication that you can burn up your soul, until Bob points out that it's more like a river and less like a well; Harry deposits and withdraws his soul on a regular basis.
** Ghosts, on the other hand, cannot regenerate their souls. What they use as a weapon they have to manually retrieve or it's gone forever.
** Your chi can even render you immune to certain kinds of attack, like White Court predation.
** Your emotions and internal state matter for Faith magic, but it's not used in the magic itself. Harry doesn't Believe and so he has limited use of faith magic even after meeting [[spoiler:, and working for, Archangel Uriel and several lesser angels]]. Michael Carpenter, Fist of God and Knight of the Cross, has access to faith magic only when on the Job or to protect his family.
** Hellfire (Soulfire's counterpart ... from guess where) is the most degenerate form of chi; it's an external power source that corrupts you.
** Using black magic corrupts your chi and makes you more willing to use black magic in the future; it's the ultimate slippery slope or gateway drug. Once Harry [[spoiler: joins the Wardens]], he initially protests at that logic as unfair but ultimately comes to realize that it's true. The frequently mentioned subtext is that ''Harry'' used black magic before the events of the series, and the Wardens don't trust him for a reason.
* ''Keeper of Light and Dust'' by Natasha Mostert has a chi-stealing martial artist as the antagonist.
* ''The Kundalini Equation'' by Stephen Barnes features an instruction manual that teaches the reader Ki Attacks and BattleAura.
* ''Literature/WayOfChoices'' is sometimes called "Chinese Dragonball Z" so it should surprise no one that this trope features heavily. What is unusual is ki, sometimes translated as Essence, doesn't all come from the self but is used to purify an energy called Starlight, collected from one's fated star, into even more ki.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Ki powers were one of the main shticks of ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger''. Each Ranger had a different specialty. For instance, [[TheHero Ryou]] was skilled at PlayingWithFire, and [[KidAppealCharacter Shouji]] was a GravityMaster.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury,'' the Rangers (and other members of their order) can generate Ki Attacks in the form of the animal they're linked to... including giant versions that solidify into, essentially, HumongousMecha. And this is one of the more basic techniques...
** The same thing happens, naturally, in ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'', but with different names for both formations and attacks.
** In a way, ''all'' attacks are Ki Attacks in ''Jungle Fury'', with the various weapons actually channeling one's animal spirit. The shiny suits themselves come from another source, but the morphers can only be activated by animal spirit power. Which means if yours is out of balanced due to angst, or stolen by an enemy, you're screwed. It may be true to an extent in Gekiranger (Red's HowDoIShotWeb moment was the same, and White's finger missiles are actually ''his ki blade channeled differently and fired off by his gauntlet thing,'' something not made explicit in PRJF though the visuals remained.) but in Jungle Fury, animal spirit being the power behind everything and the different ways it can be used is a ''much'' bigger plot point.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Kenny Omega's pet attack is the Hadoken, which generally takes a few seconds to charge. His opponent has to be taken out of action previously or they can break his concentration or dodge.
* Player Uno of Wrestling/{{CHIKARA}} fame has his own Hadoken, which is much quicker to charge and is usually aimed at a charging opponent's gut.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy'' has LOTS of this, being the kind of game it's. It even has a manual entirely devoted to the Ki that allows the player [[{{Expy}} to imitate the examples given on this page]].
* In the 3rd edition of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', monks are masters of unarmed and unarmored combat. They can heal themselves, shrug off magical attacks, run like the wind, dodge attacks they aren't consciously aware of, kill with a touch, and are immune to poison and disease. Beyond that, their unarmed strikes eventually strike as hard as a two-handed sword, and they count as being magical, lawful-aligned, and [[UnObtainium adamantine]] for penetrating defences. Using prestige classes and feats they can do even crazier shit.
** The {{Ninja}} class, meanwhile, has an explicit "ki pool" which it uses to power its abilities, mostly related to turning invisible (and later {{intangib|ility}}le) in response to attacks. Notably, out of all the feats for multiclass characters, the monk/ninja feat is the only one a monk can gain as part of his class abilities.
** A number of Ki Attack feats also exist, generally designed for monk or ninja use, most famously [[ElementalPunch Fiery Fists]], [[BattleAura Fiery Ki Defense]] and [[HandBlast Ki Blast]] from the ''Player's Handbook II''.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' contains monk (modified from 3.5e) and ninja (mostly original) classes, both using a ki pool based on the D&D ninja above. Characters can expend a point of ki to gain offensive, defensive or speed bonuses for 1 round, or to power various special attacks.
** In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 4th Edition, Ki is folded into the [[PsychicPowers Psionic]] power source, in the "mind over matter" sense (in fact that's the name of a feat for a certain build). This trope still applies, because instead of using a weapon or staff or magic wand, the implement of choice is a "ki focus": heavy on the fluff and often with different effects than normal enchantments (such as "increase number of squares you can shift" or "use such-and-such power twice per round instead of once" rather than "do X amount additional fire damage") it basically amounts to something the monk prays/meditates/trains with to turn his entire body into InvulnerableKnuckles.
** 5th Edition Monks are able to use Ki Points to make what would normally be full Actions (Dodge, Dash, Disengage) as Bonus Actions instead, giving them more flexibility. They can also disrupt the flow of ki in an enemy to stun them temporarily, and through their mastery of ki are eventually able to become immune to disease and poison, to heal themselves, be able to understand all spoken languages, are no longer affected by old age, and may become invisible or project themselves astrally. And that's just the basic Monk abilities - the Monastic Tradition sub-classes have other options, such as the Way of the Open Hand at high levels allowing the monk to perform the [[TouchOfDeath Quivering Palm]] attack.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has chi in the form of "Essence", an universal energy that permeates all creation and which can be channeled to great effect by any Exalted. These effects range from powerful attacks to resiliency in combat to sorcery to healing to ''parliamentary debate''.
** The Charms have cool names, too, like "Venomous Whispers Technique" and "Excellent Emissary's Tongue."
* ''TabletopGame/FengShui'''s Fu Powers tend toward this, though this being a Hong Kong action movie game, many of them are fairly low-key, with only paths like Shadow's Companion, Brilliant Flame, high-end Healthy Tiger, Leaping Storm and Storm Turtle approaching the kind of supernatural powers often associated with martial artists in the setting.
* The Akashic Brotherhood in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension''.
* ''TabletopGame/WeaponsOfTheGods'', being a kung-fu [=RPG=], is ALL about the Chi. (Its core mechanic is that characters have 5 colors of chi, each of which is spent for different chi powers, and which refill independently. Chi management is '''the''' central battle strategy.)

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G.]]'' is the fighting game series that [[TheAnimeOfTheGame the OVA Is based on]], where [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPWTcX1Gwes Ki powered waitresses]] duke it out for the title of "Virgin Goddess".
* Asura from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' uses these. They can be fired out rapidly and resembleshis fists. He's essentially making Ki Attacks by PUNCHING! The energy itself is called Mantra.
** Played around with later, in that there is an entity that is the personification of Mantra known as [[spoiler: Chakravartin, who imbued Mantra upon Asura and the other deities that appear throughout the game's ancestors.]]
* VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline (DDO), an online multiplayer version of the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' tabletop game, depicts the Monk class as using ki, which can be used for spell-like abilities, mostly to aid a party or destroy/affect enemies. Unlike the Wizard and other spellcaster classes that use "spell points" (mana), the Monk's ki can be regenerated almost endlessly as they attack and strike an enemy. The downside of generating ki for the Monk class is that the generated ki dissipates quickly and cannot be conserved as easily from fight to fight, requiring the player to be an opportunist while having available ki points.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has the martial arts user Sabin, whose special ability is Ki Attacks in combat. The player activates them via ''StreetFighter'' style button commands. These run off his magic stat but do not take up [[{{Mana}} Magic Points]] and can be done indefinitely.
** Most notable is the Aura Beam/Cannon move, which blasts enemies with pure soul power (and does extra damage to undead enemies to boot) and Fire Dance, which summons fire spirits to burn every enemy on the battle field.
* Some classes in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' and its sequel have Ki-style moves, especially the White Monk and the Master Monk (in the sequel). Air Render and Aura Blast are especially notable as they are ranged attacks for a melee class. And no, these don't cost mana.
* In the [=GBA=] ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' series, the heroes are masters of "Psynergy", a type of magic/[[PsychicPowers psychic power]]. They encounter a martial arts school, and the head of the dojo comments on how their powers differ from Ki Attacks. "Psynergy comes from the mind, while Chi comes from the body." It's commented that Psynergy is genetic, while "anyone" can eventually learn to use Chi, though [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer nobody in the party learns.]] ''However'' there are ''Ki'' techniques (not Chi) from a different temple/dojo that Psynergy resembles/substitutes that the heroes can learn. It's not entirely clear whether Ki and Psynergy are the same or simply in the same "sphere."
** The second game states that everyone has the potential to become adepts, but it takes years of exposure to a source of alchemy, such as mount Aleph, the elemental rocks, being bludgeoned with a Psynergy stone, or [[spoiler:The unleashing of the sources of each element via the lighthouse becons]]. Also it's implied that Ki is just another name for one specific type of Psynergy (Force).
* In the ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' universe, Elemental Magic is hard science, with ''ki'' representing the final frontier of the unknown.
* ''VideoGame/KickBeat'' has this as the in-story reason for its equivalent of ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'''s star power mechanic, where activating it results in a temporary score multiplier boost.
* Franchise/{{Kirby}}'s "Fighter" ability gives him this, even a KamehameHadouken as a ShoutOut to ''Franchise/StreetFighter''. Most of them are only short-to-mid-range though.
* In ''VideoGame/LostSoulsMUD'', sufficiently enlightened Aisenshi gain access to the chi punch and chi kick maneuvers, unarmed attacks that do a combination of physical and energy-based damage, not to mention leaving a sparkly trail behind in the air.
* The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Lucario basically uses this, it's called "Aura" in Pokemon 'verses. This may also be used to explain the Fighting-type Special move Focus Blast. Other Pokemon can use Aura Sphere as well, mostly legendaries but also Togekiss, Mienfoo's evolution line and Clawitzer.
** Moves that have the word "Pulse" in them, translated from the Japanese "Hadō", are also seem to utilize Aura. (Aura Sphere (Hadōdan) could've just as easily been called "Pulse Bomb") The aforementioned Clawitzer has an ability that boosts the power of Pulse based moves.
* All of [[Creator/{{SNK}} SNK's]] fighting game series feature casts of characters capable of weaponizing Ki, elemental powers, and even PsychicPowers. Most notably: ''VideoGame/FatalFury'', ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'', and ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' which are their three most successful franchises.
* The Genesis ActionRPG ''Spellcaster'' stars a monk who has various ki moves, ranging from plain old attacks to lightning strikes.
* The same can be said of [[Creator/{{Capcom}} Capcom's]] ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Street Fighter]]'' franchise, while ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' and ''VideoGame/RivalSchools'' have all but faded into obscurity.
** As an easter egg, ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' has been known to perform ki attacks from Street Fighter. This seems to imply that X has ki, and therefore a soul. In the remake, Doctor Light even says he's able to use this attack since his DNA soul is nearly identical to a human's.
*** Not so non-canon, now; ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission'' has a series of Reploids called the Ninetails clan, who have mastered a form of robotic chi manipulation, allowing them to power their attacks without the use of an external power source (like every other Reploid's weapons do). Because of this, they're considered extremely dangerous and are locked up in a high-security facility.
* The Wii game ''Swords'' has this, it's activated by holding A for a few seconds, if you can manage it before your opponent hits you.
* A lot of the artes in the ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'' are of this nature, either as PureEnergy or ElementalPowers that are used to form projectiles and/or to augment direct strikes.
* ''VideoGame/TigerRoad'' has Lee Wong's ultimate attack, Tora Ki Koh, which fires out a tiger-shaped blast of ki. Of course, it's not available at the beginning of the game.
* These are the only ranged attacks available to Hong Meiling in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Hisoutensoku''.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', in "First Generation Ninja American": The protagonist's grandfather destroys an enemy with a blue energy blast that seems to imply this trope, but it turns out he has magic powers gained from eating a talking pig, not mystical ninja ki abilities.
* Webcomic/TheBoyWhoFell has Seel, the substance that allows people to function and generate thought. It can be manipulated to form attacks. Pafhelo Sorian comes from a clan that prides themselves in mastering this technique, and is the person we see use it the most.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Sensei Greg's Anime-Style Martial Arts dojo is [[spoiler:(or was)]] the only known place for one to learn to tap into their ki.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d (sort of) in that it is revealed that Elliot, Nanase, and to a lesser extent, [[TheWoobie Justin]] are the only students in the class that have shown any progress in [[SupernaturalMartialArts performing actual anime-style techniques]].
* In Webcomic/KoanOfTheDay, the guru uses his qi to [[http://www.koanoftheday.com/225/ fight the tyger]].
* ''WebComic/{{MAG ISA}}'' -- Used by [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119585 Claudita]] in this comic.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* These types of attacks became one of the main staples of modern stick-figure fight animations when extreme martial art violence and extreme acrobatics would no longer cut it. Although never explain as such, these are most likely Ki Attacks due to the heavy Oriental influence that pervades the genre as a result of WebAnimation/XiaoXiao 's influence.
* Allen Covenant of the ''Omega Universe'' runs across a clan of ninja with chi-powers in ''Covenant Annual #1''. Oddly enough and unknown to most characters in-universe, superpowers all come [[MetaOrigin from the same place]].
* Yin and Yang, the protectors of Hong Kong in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', utilize Ki Attacks as part of their mystical martial arts training, as does the Lucky Bandit, heroic protector of Shanghai.
** Tatterdemalion, an Israeli superhero sponsored by their government, does something similar, though its not a Ki Attack in the "oriental martial arts" sense of the word.
* As one of ''many'' references to ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', the fight scenes in the [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]] fanimation ''WebAnimation/NazoUnleashed'' use a lot of this.
* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, martial-artists develop and use ''chi'' in various ways:
** Toni "Chaka" Chandler, one of the original main characters, has the mutant ability to use ki, plus the ability to see how ki flows in other people (which lets her do - among other things - the paralyzing nerve punch), and also the ability to heterodyne her ki with ki energy flowing through the earth so she can pull as much ki as she needs from the ground. She's regarded as one bad mamma-jamma by her superpowered classmates at the SuperHeroSchool Whateley Academy, but suffers from a bad case of NewPowersAsThePlotDemands, having added a ki blast attack to her existing super-strength, super-agility, super-speed etc.
** BadassNormal Chou "Bladedancer" Lee develops her ''chi'' more conventionally, through meditation, tai-chi exercises, and regular training, to empower her martial-arts, heighten her senses, heal herself and others, and so on.
* Basically what Aura is in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''. All living things generate an Aura, and for those who train to use it like the Huntsmen and Huntresses, it grants SuperSenses, SuperStrength, HealingFactor, and an invisible force field which protects the person's body from injury. A person only has so much Aura however and it is depleted through use of these powers; once depleted, the person is vulnerable.
** [[spoiler: Late in Volume 5, we learn that Jaune's Semblance allows him to manipulate his own Aura. He manages to heal Weiss of a critical injury by using his own Aura to recharge hers, kickstarting her HealingFactor. WordOfGod is that his blocking of Cardin's punch in "Forever Fall Part 2" was him unconsciously using his Semblance to boost his Aura's defensive shielding]].
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Kai has control over natural energy. The more plants and other living things he is around, the stronger his attacks are.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* First implied in its [=QuickStrike=] trading card game, it is later revealed that the energy behind the bending disciplines on ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is indeed chi. Benders require chi to flow from the breath as form of energy derived from breathing and oxygenation, and then extend it past their limbs to manipulate or manifest their element. Furthermore, one character on ''Avatar'' has even displayed the ability to inhibit bending by striking pressure points on the body, or as she calls it, "[[PowerNullifier chi-blocking]]" (Kyusho Jitsu); ''Korra'' takes it further with a character who can use [[spoiler:bloodbending (a form of waterbending applied to bodily fluids)]] to neutralise other characters' ElementalPowers more permanently. In the show, the source of chi is located in the stomach and flows throughout the entire body, which itself is drawn directly from the Taoist practices of Chi Kung and Tai Chi, on which waterbending is based. The GrandFinale of ''Avatar'' reveals that [[spoiler:before people learned to bend the elements, they used their own energy. Aang then finds a way to bend the energy within Ozai, removing his bending forever. This is never actually called ''chi''-bending, though, it's called energy-, spirit-, or soul-bending by the fans.]]
* Uncle from ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' is a big fan of chi. His battles against Dalong Wong (anti-Uncle) probably constitutes as a battle between good and bad chi, as these two were chi wizards.
** Then in one episode they found a Chinese Vampire, which drains victims of chi. Once a person is sucked of chi they need a chi transplant to survive. The person takes on the personality of the chi donor. For example, when Jade got drained, Uncle donated some chi, and she began sprouting Uncle's [[CatchPhrase catch phrases]] and had a hankering for mung beans. She did not, however, gain any of Uncle's knowledge of chi but still volunteered researching ways to kill the vampire. [[ResetButton Everything went back the way it was]] [[NoOntologicalInertia when the vampire was killed]].
* ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague JLU]]'': In the episode "Dead Reckoning", a young monk of [[TheShangriLa Nanda Parbat]] exhibited ki-enhanced physical abilities when he beat down Atomic Skull. The rest of the monks also use wuxia-type martial arts in defense of the temple.
* Iron Fist from ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo'', Woo Foo a special type of martial arts that involves might and magic, with just a smidge of GreenRocks.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Some people actually believe they can do this.
** Actual real world evidence of Ki Attacks is, of course, slim and misleading, but proper training, coupled with concentration and sufficient strength, can enable someone to perform seemingly superhuman acts, such as the famous brick smash. Not exactly a Ki Attack, but it is functionally the real life equivalent to many people.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEDaCIDvj6I&feature=player_embedded Here]] is an example of someone who believes that they can use ki attacks. See the second part of the video to see whether or not he actually does.
** Related: martial arts like Tai Chi Chuan and Aikijutsu are heavily based on the concept of ki/chi/qi, but in those instances, it's more like a case of creation and conservation of momentum and leveraging physics (something like 90% of what you do in aikido is based in forcing your opponent to continue their motion, throwing them off balance, and then reversing their direction just as they start to regain their balance, throwing them to the ground).
* Various Ki based feats all have perfectly mundane explanations, much like a wizard's trick. Calling a feat Ki based is the same as choosing to believe the rabbit materialized out of thin air rather than check the hat for a secret compartment.
** See also Derren Brown.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kizeme Wikipedia]] on Kizeme goes on about Ki projection and such. While video shows a fairly primitive, yet well-executed feint, which requires no supernatural abilities to perform and is known, in one form or another, in most martial arts, with weapons or without them.
* Electric eels and other [[ShockAndAwe bioelectric creatures]] on the other hand, could be said to really do this.