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Wrapped in Scorn and emo-black,
he towers with his massive hat.
His voice a roar, his fingers knives,
few who he touches e'er survive.
When seen approaching all birds scatter,
and grass he breathes on becomes flatter.

What is he?

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  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling - this is a nice riddle! (I've slightly changed the formatting - hope you don't mind.) $\endgroup$ – Deusovi May 2 '16 at 3:20
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    $\begingroup$ Just FYI, the contraction of ever is "e'er". $\endgroup$ – paste May 2 '16 at 13:35
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Is it a

Tornado

Wrapped in Scorn

No one wants to see one, except for morbid curiousity

and emo-black, he towers with his massive hat.

dark and threatening, towering over the landscape, wider at the top

His voice a roar, his fingers knives, few who he touches e're survive.

slicing through everything it touches

When seen approaching all birds scatter,

everyone runs away

and grass he breathes on becomes flatter.

the wind flattens everything around.

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  • $\begingroup$ The "massive hat" in your interpretation could also be the storm system it's in. $\endgroup$ – Fund Monica's Lawsuit May 2 '16 at 20:00
  • $\begingroup$ I like your interpretation of the "wrapped in scorn line." $\endgroup$ – dlu May 3 '16 at 2:11
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Is it a:

Lawnmower

His voice a roar

The engine is quite loud

Fingers are knives

The blades underneath the lawnmower

Few who he touches e'er survive

Nothing that get hit by the blades really stays the same

Grass he breathes on becomes flatter

The lawnmower mows the grass

Not sure about the part with emo-black

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    $\begingroup$ My gasoline-powered mower went about in quite a persistent cloud of emo-black until I put new rings in. $\endgroup$ – A. I. Breveleri May 2 '16 at 5:49
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    $\begingroup$ Scorn/emo also applies to the fact that teenagers are often the ones doing the lawnmowing. $\endgroup$ – corsiKa May 2 '16 at 17:10
  • $\begingroup$ If the blade was dull it would flatten the grass rather than cut it $\endgroup$ – Robert Tester May 3 '16 at 6:18
  • $\begingroup$ @Robert Tester That is true, but I was thinking in the sense of the knives, and the general conception is that knives are sharp $\endgroup$ – Xylius May 3 '16 at 9:20
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Could it be:

A thunderstorm?

Wrapped in Scorn and emo-black, he towers with his massive hat.

Towering cumulonimbus clouds

His voice a roar, his fingers knives, few who he touches e're survive.

Lighting strikes or microbursts (or both).

When seen approaching all birds scatter, and grass he breathes on becomes flatter.

Birds leave ahead of a storm, the wind flattens the grass, a microburst would really flatten the grass.

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    $\begingroup$ I'm wondering about the "terrible man" part. $\endgroup$ – dlu May 2 '16 at 5:16
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    $\begingroup$ All the bug tropical storms that ravage coast lines are named after people since the late 19th century, the title was far more of an after thought though $\endgroup$ – Robert Tester May 2 '16 at 5:39
  • $\begingroup$ @RobertTester Nice. $\endgroup$ – dlu May 2 '16 at 6:16
  • $\begingroup$ According to wikipedia only 10 to 30% of lightning strikes are fatal, so the "few who he touches e're survive" isn't strictly correct. $\endgroup$ – CodesInChaos May 2 '16 at 10:23
  • $\begingroup$ @RobertTester - Yes, but half the storms have women's names, so it only sort of works. I suppose you could be referring to one specific storm that happens to have a male name, but that would only work if there was an active tropical storm when you presented this puzzle. (There may be one, but I don't feel like checking - we are a little out of season right now...) $\endgroup$ – Darrel Hoffman May 2 '16 at 14:53

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