Web Original / Vresun Ciraian Ruins
Vresun Ciraian Ruins is a webseries that spans several seasons. The show is about the various story arcs of Vresun
and beyond though it starts off by showing the viewer what happened before Vresun came into being.
Metal Gear Shane (Season 1) revolves around Shane having to deal with the nefarious The Eternal Darkness.
The Eternal Darkness's goal is to ruin Shane's life
by impersonating him and causing trouble in various places.
However, there's more to the situation than meets the eye
and it might be possible that Shane isn't who he seems to be.
After Metal Gear Shane comes the second season, Metal Gear Vresun (Season 2). King of Despair joins Shane and his fellow members within Vresun. However, trouble strikes and once again, things aren't what they seem.
It's up to the Vresunites to put things right before it all goes to hell...
With Vresun now gone, the Vresunites created Astrum on top of it and rebuilt their way of life before moving forward. Metal Gear Astrum (Season 3) gives us a glimpse of what happened after Vresun's death, while Kushagra drifts in cyberspace as a lone wildcard.
After Season 2 was finished, the series went into a temporary hiatus before returning on November 9th 2017. Season 3 is currently in production with 2 episodes finished so far.
Tropes that apply the series in general.
- All There in the Manual: Several of this show's pages tend to cover a lot of things that don't appear in the show itself.
- Covers Always Lie: The thumbnails have nothing to do with the videos or are only tangentially related. In other words, they're merely there for decoration.
- Dysfunction Junction: The series tends to be this as a whole. Season 2 makes it obvious and takes it from there.
- Easter Egg: A few of the thumbnails are references to obscure Vresun lore.
- Episode 5 and Episode 7 have an Ice type Pikachu, referencing Shane's desire to have an Ice type Pikachu.
- Episode 6's thumbnail is a redeco of Goku's SSGod Form designed to resemble PK Supreme, complete with afro.
- No Pronunciation Guide: Vresun tends to have a lot of varying pronunciations over the series with "ver-oo-sun" and "Ver-ee-zun" being the most common pronunciations.
- Palette Swap: The thumbnails tend to use this frequently by giving other objects a new coat of paint.
- Running Gag: It seems to be a common theme that a character's name gets repeated multiple times. Episode 4 and Episode 15 are the most noticeable cases of this.
- Shout-Out: The series itself has several, most of which can be found within the thumbnails.
- Synthetic Voice Actor: All the voices used are from at least 3 different Text to Speech programs.
- The Conspiracy: Each season finale delves into theories about Shane's roles in the Vresun Conspiracy.
Tropes that apply to Season 1: Metal Gear Shane.
- Antagonist Title: Episode 2 is named after The Eternal Darkness, the main focus of the episode.
- Artifact Title: Metal Gear Shane only becomes accurate once it's main character shows up in Episode 5. Up until that point, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Polaris was the main character.
- Big Bad: The Eternal Darkness, the person who wants to ruin Shane's life.
- Breather Episode: Episode 4 comes between Episode 3 and Episode 5. It's basically a humorous summary of Shane's history.
- Drone of Dread: Episode 6 has this as it's background music.
- Evil Brit: The Eternal Darkness's voice gives off this vibe but also give some of his words an air of pettiness to them.
- Evil Twin: It's revealed at the end that The Eternal Darkness looks like Shane with a scar.
- For the Evulz: The Eternal Darkness's goal effectively boils down to this, to the point where he comes off as a cartoon villain.
- Humongous Mecha: Episode 1's thumbnail has a green Metal Gear Rex which serves as The Eternal Darkness's personal battlemech.
- Mr. Exposition: Polaris takes this role during Episode 1 where he explains about The Eternal Darkness.
- Obligatory Swearing: Episode 3 is full of this, courtesy of The Eternal Darkness.
- Killed Off for Real: The Eternal Darkness is run over by a truck. He doesn't come back afterwards.
- Red Baron: The Eternal Darkness is this to Shane, being someone who gives him a lot of trouble.
- Stealth Pun: Episode 8's thumbnail has two of Shane's characters depicted as sockpuppets.
- Stealth Insult: Episode 8's sockpuppets implies that Shane's OCs are fake accounts.
- The Eternal Darkness being a mere palette swap of Shane implies that Shane and The Eternal Darkness are the same person or that The Eternal Darkness is cliched and unoriginal.
- The Conspiracy: Episode 10 is about how Shane and The Eternal Darkness are connected. It also brings up the idea that Taylor and Kim are the same person.
- The Nicknamer: The Eternal Darkness does this to be 'evil'. Polaris tells him to keep doing it because it's that stupid.
- The Dragon: The Eternal Oblivion serves this role during Season 1, and ends up pulling a Heel–Face Turn once The Eternal Darkness dies.
- Title Drop: The show's title Vresun Cirain Ruins gets mentioned by Karjam during Episode 2.
Tropes that apply to Season 2: Metal Gear Vresun.
- A God Am I: YHVKarjam is presented as this, being designed to lampoon Karjam's obsessive need to bring up his religion and how he behaves in a somewhat dogmatic manner.
- A God I Am Not: This is Karjam's reaction to being presented Yhvkarjam.
- Arc Villain: Unlike Season 1, this season has several characters take the role of antagonist depending on the episode.
- Karjam is the main antagonist of the Religious Turnabout, though Pteri may also count as one as well.
- King of Despair is the main antagonist of the Crusader Turnabout, Rebellious Turnabout and Italian Turnabout.
- Kushagra is the main antagonist for the Infinity Turnabout and the Apocalypse Turnabout.
- Apocalypse How: Episode 19 shows that Vresun ended up deleted, rendering everything lost forever.
- Another Side, Another Story: During the Memejam, Italian and Infinity Turnabouts, events on Discord were occurring between King of Despair, Kushagra, Alfasketer and Bloxxin.
- Ban on Politics: Shane ends up restricting discussion on religion and politics to prevent a repeat of the Religious Turnabout. It doesn't take and is eventually ignored.
- Big Bad: The Eternals are this season's antagonists, carrying on from The Eternal Darkness and causing trouble.
- Black Eyes of Evil: Yhvkarjam and the Meckarjam Supreme DX both have these. The Masterminds are also have these to match their darker colour scheme.
- Burn the Witch!: Episode 12 has undertones of this due to it's use of the song Hellfire amongst a fiery backdrop.
- Call-Back: The thumbnail for Episode 20 Part 1 sees the return of TED's Metal Gear REX, only it's bugged now.
- Cassandra Truth: Kushagra tells everyone on Lunar Shadow that Pierre is King of Despair. It blows up in his face.
- Could Have Avoided This Plot: While all of Season 2 could have nipped in the bud had Shane put his foot down, several examples still could been avoided:
- The Religious Turnabout could have been avoided had Pteri realised that Karjam wasn't going to give inor if Karjam realised that arguing against someone who despises Christianity was going to go nowhere.
- The Crusader Turnabout could have been avoided had King of Despair bothered to talk out their problems. Instead, King of Despair tries to drive Rita out and ends up turning on Alexis once it's revealed that Alexis allowed Rita to join them.
- The Rebellious Turnabout could have been averted if King of Despair took a chill pill and realised that Eleanor and Alfasketer had good intentions. Granted, he and Alfasketer do put aside their differences at the end. Kim's conflict with King of Despair would have fizzled out immediately had Kim calmed down or if King of Despair had bothered to clarify that his beef was with Rita.
- The Revelation Turnabout wouldn't have happened had Ellen bothered to tell Shane (and everyone else) of her role much sooner. Though if she had, everyone would have turned against her anyway.
- The next few arcs wouldn't have happened if King of Despair had called off the Pierre Bruno plan and simply infiltrated Lunar Shadow as himself. Without Pierre, Kushagra wouldn't have to sabotage King's plans or bother with The Infinity. Vresun's death could have been avoided entirely.
- Cruel Twist Ending: The Eternal Turnabout has ended, the Eternals have been driven out and things seem like they're going to change for the better. Seems like a happy ending, right? Nope. Kushagra deletes all of Vresun and everything was all for naught.
- Darker and Edgier: Unlike the first season, several events in the series aren't as amusing.
- Death of Personality: Vresun's final fate ends up being this. As such, it eventually becomes the Astrum Forums.
- Diabolus ex Machina: Once the Eternal's control over Vresun is undone, Kushagra ends up deleting the forums.
- Eldritch Abomination: Episode 17's thumbnail has a serpentine creature called Deleet. It never actually appears in the series.
- End of an Age: The Apocalypse Turnabout ends up being this for Vresun.
- Evil Overlooker: Episode 18's thumbnail depicted a half masked Lynn holding Vresun within her holds.
- Face–Heel Turn: Lynn pulls this at the end of the Crusader Turnabout. She's later the second in command of The Eternals. The Revelation Turnabout has several of the members become The Eternals, who are the main villains of the second half of Season 2.
- 5 Bad Band: The Eternals are this starting from Episode 13.
- Gratuitous Japanese: Episode 18 plays this laughs with 'Shane's Vresun SEALS' copypasta.
- Humongous Mecha: Episode 15's thumbnail has the Meckarjam Supreme DX as it's main subject. In the actual video itself, the Meckarjam is seen instead.
- Mood Whiplash: Episode 18's first half is serious and kinda disturbing. The second half is a variation of the Navy SEALS copypasta with the music unchanged from the first half.
- Multi-Part Episode: The Season 2 Finale is split into two parts: the first reveals the Masterminds and the second part is about the methods used to maintain the game.
- No True Scotsman: It's pretty much stated that The Eternal Despair isn't a true Eternal but is merely one in name only.
- Ominous Visual Glitch: Episode 20.2 depicts Kushagra, Pteri, King of Despair and The Eternal Darkness/Shane with this.
- Orcus on His Throne: Despite being the leader of the Eternals, The Eternal Zero doesn't really do a whole lot.
- Otaku: Shane and Karjam are considered this, to varying degrees.
- Palette Swap: Meckarjam Supreme is a palette swap of Meckarjam (who appears in the video). The Masterminds are darker palette swaps of Shane, Ellen, Kim and Karjam. TED's Metal Gear REX also returns with a darker palette and appeared to be bugged.
- Poor Communication Kills: Part of the Rebellion Turnabout happened because Kim thought King of Despair was insulting her (and by extension everyone else) by calling them wretches.
- The entirety of the Crusader Turnabout is driven by King of Despair's aggression against Rita. Had Alexis bothered to inform anyone of Rita joining them or bothering to explain who Rita, a lot of the Crusader Turnabout (and by extension The Rebellious Turnabout) wouldn't have happened.
- The Infinty Turnabout would have happened differently had Kushagra told King of Despair that he was planning to trick The Eternals. Instead, King of Despair proceeds to be a thorn in The Infinity's side until The Eternal Turnabout occurs.
- Rainbow Motif: Episode 20.2's thumbnail has a rainbow Tower of Babel amidst a blackened desert.
- Rain of Blood: Episode 18 uses this as a visual effect, adding onto the already dire atmosphere of the episode itself.
- Red Baron: King of Despair sounds fearsome, except he really isn't.
- Red Filter of Doom: Episode 13 has the screen covered in a red filter. This is accompanied by the sounds of gunfire and the main theme to Cheers.
- Refusal of the Call: Kushagra tries to get Karjam to join Discord with the latter rejecting his offer.
- Songs in the Key of Panic: Episode 18 uses Demon Sonata to set the mood for the episode.
- Stealth Insult: Episode 14's music is Toxic Love which is a potshot at Shane and Ellen's relationship.
- Episode 15, though comedic, uses the song Evil Incarnite, a song associated with YHVH and YHVKarjam.
- Episode 16's thumbnail shows that Pierre has no audience due to all the seats being empty.
- Surreal Symbolic Heads: Both Kushagra and Alfasketer are portrayed this way and are the only characters to portrayed this way.
- The Conspiracy: Unlike the Season 1 Finale, the finale for Season 2 is split into two parts. The first part gives the viewer an explanation for who the Masterminds are while the second explains the methods used to keep the charade going.
- Theme Naming: The Eternals all have a naming convention that goes like this: The Eternal [Insert Word Here].
- The Dragon: Lynn is the second in command of The Eternals.
- Wham Episode: Episode 14 and Episode 19 end up being these for differing reasons.
Tropes that apply to Season 3: Metal Gear Astrum.