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I know exactly what you fear,

I use it to take away your cheer.

Even though I appear to most,

Some I can not even come close.

You could say that I am a dark horse,

Taking your hours with no remorse.

You may think that I am stronger than any fist,

But it is only through you that I exist.

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    $\begingroup$ My first though when I saw the title was "Lord Voldemort" $\endgroup$ – Kevin Jun 1 '17 at 18:55
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This has some potential to be too broad.

Here's my thoughts on the answer:

You are a nightmare

I know exactly what you fear,
I use it to take away your cheer.

You come from our own psyches, and can use our own fears to bring us down.

Even though I appear to most,
Some I can not even come close.

Most people have nightmares from time to time.
Some people never do.

You could say that I am a dark horse,

Dark → night; horse → mare

Taking your hours with no remorse.

Robbing us of our sleep

You may think that I am stronger than any fist,
But it is only through you that I exist.

You are the product of our own minds.

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    $\begingroup$ correct! it was my first riddle, i tried to make it specific enough. mostly the "dark horse" line i think narrows it down. $\endgroup$ – Quintec Jun 1 '17 at 15:58
  • $\begingroup$ @thecoder16 I think the "dark horse" is the most nebulous line. $\endgroup$ – AmagicalFishy Jun 1 '17 at 19:36
  • $\begingroup$ @AmagicalFishy if i'm interpreting you correctly, that means it is the most unclear. i thought that made it the most clear? $\endgroup$ – Quintec Jun 1 '17 at 19:38
  • $\begingroup$ @thecoder16 I don't think so—I think you could remove that line and the one after it and the riddle would be just as clear (is there anyone else who could chime in?) $\endgroup$ – AmagicalFishy Jun 1 '17 at 19:54
  • $\begingroup$ @AmagicalFishy I liked the dark horse line, I originally just thought 'sleep' or 'dreams' but after reading Rubio's answer, that was the one line that really separated out that the answer was 'nightmare' $\endgroup$ – MMAdams Jun 1 '17 at 21:28
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I would have guessed death. It's a nightmare to most, anyway. I also would have guessed life. It's a nightmare to most, anyway.

Have you ever had a daymare?

Instead, knowing that dreams aren't real and assuming then that waking life must be real, I remembered that life is just a dream, and since dreams aren't real, after re-concluding that life also isn't real, finding a contradiction, re-concluding dreams, like waking life is both real and unreal, I'd (with respect of dues) have to go with consciousness.

I frequently awake with a jolt requiring a reality adjustment to the conscious mind, but I can't recall ever, EVER starting a dream like that.

Then again, everyone thinks I'm crazy.

With all that said, what makes it a terrible riddle? Terrible answers like this one? There are no terrible riddles, just terrible people. (No one laughs at my jokes either! ;) )

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  • $\begingroup$ i named it a terrible riddle referencing nightmares, which most people will call terrible. :) $\endgroup$ – Quintec Jun 2 '17 at 23:08
  • $\begingroup$ When is a terrible riddle not a terrible riddle? When it's terrible foreshadowing! :) Just kidding, of course, it's terribly clever! :P $\endgroup$ – Clio Soleil Jun 2 '17 at 23:38

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