# Hooded figure riddle

I had an idea for a riddle yesterday. Here it is.

I am a horned and hooded figured, bearing a shield and blades.
The ability to control great power is in my clutch.
If you find yourself under my boot, you will discover that I am exhausted.
If I am not tired, then my boot may spare you.
You can easily choke me to death.
Does this shock you? I am shocked, too.

What am I? (and why?)

• it's the second verse that makes it too easy (imo). the first verse is promising though. – user3453281 Feb 19 '15 at 18:44
• Some of the lines are too easy. Using in my clutch instead of in my clutches is a bit clumsy and is part of the giveaway. And having obvious words like clutch and choke is too much of a giveaway. – bgmCoder Apr 7 '15 at 22:58

You are a:

Car

I am a horned and hooded figured, bearing a shield and blades.

Horn: beep, beep!
Hooded: pop the hood!
Shield: windshield

The ability to control great power is in my clutch.

The clutch is one of the control pedals

If you find yourself under my boot, you will discover that I am exhausted.

If you look "under the boot" of the car... you will see the exhaust pipes.

If I am not tired, then my boot may spare you.

If the car has a flat tyre (or no tyres) then they is often a spare tyre in the boot.

You can easily choke me to death.

You can cause a car to "choke"

Does this shock you? I am shocked, too.

Refers to the suspension system - the "shocks". (Is the suspension system not shocking?)

• Well done. I fear I made this too easy, but I hope it was fun. – Matt Malone Feb 19 '15 at 18:03
• Yes, the suspension system really shocks me too! +1 to question and answer :-) – Rand al'Thor Feb 19 '15 at 20:56
• This question is easier for Brits, as a "boot" in America doesn't have this double meaning. – Michael Rize Feb 20 '15 at 0:55
• @MattMalone It was fun by the way. It's the first question I've bothered to answer in many weeks. Thanks :D – d'alar'cop Feb 23 '15 at 1:08