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I have no legs, but I can move with ease
I am trapped, yet I can go where your eyes can see
I am invisible, until you find me
I am a thing, that you will wish to set free

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  • $\begingroup$ hmm, love maybe? $\endgroup$ – magma Mar 19 '15 at 21:51
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    $\begingroup$ No not love, thou it is one of the expected guesses~ $\endgroup$ – Alex Mar 19 '15 at 22:21
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    $\begingroup$ I just approved @AshutoshNigam's edit since I don't think it changes anything important, but please check to make sure the meaning of the riddle is still the same. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 20 '15 at 8:32
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    $\begingroup$ Lots of great answers this question is attracting! $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 20 '15 at 8:33
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    $\begingroup$ I am thinking floaters. Floaters don't have legs but can move easily around your eyes. They are trapped in the fluid around your eye, are invisible until you really focus on them, and there are procedures to get rid of them. $\endgroup$ – 0x499602D2 Mar 20 '15 at 13:37

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I think the answer is...

Eye floaters

I have no legs, but I can move with ease

They move around everywhere you look

I am trapped, yet I can go where your eyes can see

They are inside your eyeball

I am invisible, until you find me

You don't always notice them, until you do

I am a thing, that you will wish to set free

They are annoying, you want them to get out of your eye

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    $\begingroup$ Haha :D first riddle I've answered $\endgroup$ – Eamonn McEvoy Mar 20 '15 at 14:57
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    $\begingroup$ And this is my first riddle on SE! There are alot of great riddle out there, go try them they're great $\endgroup$ – Alex Mar 20 '15 at 15:00
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Imagination

Seems to fit pretty well.

I have no legs, but I can move with ease

Imagination has no limits or boundaries

I am trapped, yet I can go where your eyes can see

But sometimes it can be trapped by your own thinking, but what you see or experience can free it

I am invisible, until you find me

Sometimes it can be hard to find your "muse" and can be invisible to you.

I am a thing, that you will wish to set free

A strong imagination has no limits and can free you from any prison, real or imagined.

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Answer:

The Horizon.

I have no legs, but I can move with ease:

Explanation - The horizon keeps moving

I am trapped, yet I can go where your eyes can see:

Explanation - The horizon is as far as your eyes can see, and if you don't move it doesn't move

I am invisible, until you find me:

Explanation - You can't see the horizon until you look up

I am a thing, that you will wish to set free:

Explanation - Don't you want to expand your horizons, don't you want to fly?

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Your gaze

fits everything except possibly the last line.

I have no legs, but I can move in ease

Your gaze can roam around anywhere.

I am trapped, yet I can go where your eyes can see

It's trapped to be just at the place where you're looking.

I am invisible, until you have found me

You can't see that someone else is looking at you until you meet their gaze.

I am a thing, that you will wish to set me free

Stop staring at me!

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    $\begingroup$ Good guess! But nope it's not the answer, last line doesn't match as you mentioned $\endgroup$ – Alex Mar 19 '15 at 21:29
  • $\begingroup$ @Alex A slight variation: SIGHT? When you've "found" your sight, nothing is invisible any more, so the 3rd line fits better than with GAZE. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 20 '15 at 0:48
  • $\begingroup$ This and the other answer 'light' is the closest, but still not the answer! $\endgroup$ – Alex Mar 20 '15 at 14:08
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What about

Fart

I have no legs, but I can move with ease

Once you release it, it spreads

I am trapped, yet I can go where your eyes can see

Previous explanation, it fills the room - everywhere that you can see

I am invisible, until you find me

It is invisible, but if you have suspicion, you can just get a match or lighter and set it on fire.

I am a thing, that you will wish to set free

Of course!

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  • $\begingroup$ hahahaha it fits perfectly with line 4, but it's still invisible (at least not detected by our eyes heh) $\endgroup$ – Alex Mar 20 '15 at 14:09
  • $\begingroup$ It is visible if you set it on fire. $\endgroup$ – Zikato Mar 20 '15 at 14:40
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A look, as in "he gave me a look"

It has no legs, moves with ease

It is trapped, but can move

A look is confined to line of sight. Also, refers to the other meaning of look: to look around the room.

It is invisible until seen

Back to the first meaning, quite literally isn't seen until it's been looked at (but still exists if not seen).

It is a thing, and you want to set it free

If you notice someone giving you a look, you want to look away (ie set the look free).

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Could it be

Heart/Feelings

I have no legs, but I can move with ease

You can move someone's heart with words

I am trapped, yet I can go where your eyes can see

Trapped within your chest, but it can be affected by anything you see

I am invisible, until you find me

You do not realise your feelings until you find them

I am a thing, that you will wish to set free

Relating to love possibly?

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You might be

a jelly fish

I have no legs, but I can move with ease

they have tentacles not legs

I am trapped, yet I can go where your eyes can see

trapped in the ocean, go can do to oceans' depth

I am invisible, until you find me

there is a famous species of jelly fish that are nearly invisible in water

I am a thing, that you will wish to set free

jelly fish not in the wild: you want to set free

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I think its

White Blood Cells (blue-sky sprites), which appear when you look up at the sky

I have no legs, but I can move with ease

They move in the body mixed with blood

I am trapped, yet I can go where your eyes can see

Trapped inside your eye (or body), and wherever you see in the sky, it seems they follow you

I am invisible, until you find me

You don't notice them until you look at a clear blue sky and you have to pay proper attention to see it

I am a thing, that you will wish to set free

White Blood Cells eventually are disposed out from the body and new ones are formed, maybe?

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Maybe the solution to this is something disgusting.

I'm thinking about

a Parasite

I have no legs, but I can move with ease

Inside the body of its victim

I am trapped, yet I can go where your eyes can see

trapped inside the body of the victim, but can be at the same place the body wants to be, since its moving with it.

I am invisible, until you find me

You don't know its there, until you (maybe) notice its presence

I am a thing, that you will wish to set free

if you get to know you have something like this, you probably want to get rid of it.

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How about

The woman I have trapped in my basement

I have no legs, but I can move with ease

I cut her legs off but she got pretty good with walking on her hands

I am trapped, yet I can go where your eyes can see

Shes in a big cage but has a TV

I am invisible, until you find me

No one knows shes here

I am a thing, that you will wish to set free

You want to free her because there's a good ransom

Feel free to down vote me ;)

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  • $\begingroup$ -1 But what about the one I have in my basement... it's not a unique answer... $\endgroup$ – d'alar'cop Mar 20 '15 at 10:57
  • $\begingroup$ Ah damn, I didn't think of that! $\endgroup$ – Bobby Mar 20 '15 at 10:59
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    $\begingroup$ What kind of ransom are you expecting in lieu of a hostage minus her legs? $\endgroup$ – User Anonymous Mar 21 '15 at 12:22
  • $\begingroup$ WTF? Why feel free to downvote me? $\endgroup$ – ʇolɐǝz ǝɥʇ qoq Mar 21 '15 at 17:50
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    $\begingroup$ @FollowMyProposals Well, it's a bit of a silly and non-serious answer. But +1 from me for sheer cheek :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 24 '15 at 0:44
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How about

beauty

Seems to fit everything, particularly the 4th line.

I have no legs, but I can move in ease

Beauty doesn't walk, but moves in ease, ie it lives in things that are easy

I am trapped, yet I can go where your eyes can see

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

I am invisible, until you have found me

It's not always apparent what is beautiful on first sight.

I am a thing, that you will wish to set me free

Beauty is a thing, not necessarily a property. But there is also a compulsion to set it free.

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  • $\begingroup$ Didn't quite explain line 1 but good guess! $\endgroup$ – Alex Mar 20 '15 at 14:07
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I have no legs, but I can move with ease

Imagination can go any where

I am trapped, yet I can go where your eyes can see

Imagination can be trapped in anything you see

I am invisible, until you find me

You might be lost in imagination unless you realize you in trance

I am a thing, that you will wish to set free

You want to always set your Imagination free to get best out of your capabilities

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Is it

dust?

I have no legs, but I can move in ease

it floats around in the air at the slightest breeze

I am trapped, yet I can go where your eyes can see

Dust is confined to whatever space its in. Also its all around you (more or less depending on how clean the area is)

I am invisible, until you have found me

can be hard to see until you focus on it. Also dependent on how clean your place is :)

I am a thing, that you will wish to set me free

By set free maybe you want to wipe it with a wet rag and wash it down the sink?

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Could it possibly be

A reflection

I have no legs, but I can move in ease

A reflection moves easily with changing light

I am trapped, yet I can go where your eyes can see

it is trapped in a mirror, but you can see the reflection of the room behind you for example

I am invisible, until you have found me

You cannot see your own reflection until you are looking right at the mirror

I am a thing, that you will wish to set me free

You will want to release yourself from the mirror

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  • $\begingroup$ I really like your answer, though it didn't fit line 1 and 4 well $\endgroup$ – Alex Mar 20 '15 at 15:48
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I think you are

Light

I have no legs, but I can move in ease

Light has the fastest possible speed. Nothing can beat its top speed.

I am trapped, yet I can go where your eyes can see

It can be confined in a enclosed space like a building, but you can still see as long there is a light source. You need light to see.

I am invisible, until you have found me

You can't really see light. There are phrases like "I have seen the light" and lines like that. The entrance to heaven to many is seen as big entrance door thingy made of light I think.

I am a thing, that you will wish to set me free

You will want to see by letting light roam around. Lighting candles and turning on lamps and flashlights could "release the light".

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice one! That's probably it. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 20 '15 at 1:30
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    $\begingroup$ Yippee!!!!!!!!!!!! $\endgroup$ – Anthony Pham Mar 20 '15 at 1:31
  • $\begingroup$ I was actually thinking about darkness. $\endgroup$ – Mark Buikema Mar 20 '15 at 8:15
  • $\begingroup$ This answer is actually so close, except it still didn't fit in with line 2 $\endgroup$ – Alex Mar 20 '15 at 14:05
  • $\begingroup$ This was my answer as well, I understood line 2 as "I am trapped" -- i.e. blocked by most materials, "yet I can go where your eyes can see" -- i.e. wherever you can see, light can go there, since if light can't go there you can't see there $\endgroup$ – Ken Zein Mar 20 '15 at 15:29
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Interesting.. First thing that comes in my mind is

the mind

I have no legs, but I can move in ease

focusing on different tasks, mind wandering..

I am trapped, yet I can go where your eyes can see

it is trapped in your head, yet it can be everywhere you imagine

I am invisible, until you have found me

because mind is invisible??

I am a thing, that you will wish to set me free

set free your mind meaning escape the problems and daily worries

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    $\begingroup$ Good guess! But nope it's not the answer. Mind will be still invisible if you found it after losing it heh $\endgroup$ – Alex Mar 19 '15 at 21:31
  • $\begingroup$ well, not if you're aware of it ;) there's a lot of room for interpretations in this 3rd line.. anyway, great riddle, it sounds like coming from a fairytale. $\endgroup$ – zlobi.wan.kenobi Mar 20 '15 at 8:40
  • $\begingroup$ It is actually visible once you 'found' it! $\endgroup$ – Alex Mar 20 '15 at 14:25

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