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So this question is partially a two parter.

1. Do chi-powered abilities act like magic in the world of Superman?

And if so...

2. Given that superman is known to be weak to magic, is Superman affected by chi-powered abilities in much the same way?

I am curious too if there was ever anything in the comics or canon of Superman where he had fought someone with ninja-like abilities (especially similar to those seen in Naruto).

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    It looks to me like Shark vs. Gorilla question.. – I Love You 3000 Feb 5 '15 at 8:11
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    I think it's ok as written; the question is asking for references from Superman canon, not merely speculation. – KutuluMike Feb 5 '15 at 8:48
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    @MichaelEdenfield - It's better with the secondary references removed. I'm sure Superman will have fought ninjas and martial arts experts before. – Valorum Feb 5 '15 at 9:14
  • Iron Fist's powers are chi based I think. But we'd need a marvel / dc crossover to test them out on Superman. – Daft Feb 5 '15 at 9:28
  • Superman is not "weak" to magic. He is still able to perform all of his super abilities, but depending on the magic, he may be able to be affected in a fashion similar to anyone else. Energy bolts can hit him and hurt him but where they would kill a normal person, he still gains a measure of his invulnerability. Magical weapons can harm him and even cut him, but with his host of other abilities, he can opt to stay out of range, speed-blitz his opponents, freeze them where they stand, etc. Magic affects him, it does not usually completely disable him as it would a normal target. – Thaddeus Howze Feb 5 '15 at 15:55
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In The Question (Vol 2 #1-6) we see Luthor building a chi-based weapon. Superman later acknowledges that it could (theoretically) have hurt him, although he doesn't seem especially worried about it.

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And in The Lois and Clarke : The New Adventures of Superman episode "Chi of Steel", we encounter Chen Chow, a ninja-like thief who uses the power of chi (chanelled through two bracelets) to fight superman. It's very effective.

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  • In the Lois and Clark episode, it was very effective at first. After Clark learns to control his own chi at a rudimentary level, it stops working on him. – Xavon_Wrentaile Aug 26 '16 at 0:27

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