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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?)

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    $\begingroup$ it's the second verse that makes it too easy (imo). the first verse is promising though. $\endgroup$ – user3453281 Feb 19 '15 at 18:44
  • $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$ – bgmCoder Apr 7 '15 at 22:58
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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
Blades: which clear the 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?)

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

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