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The face behind the madness.

Cyriak Harris, or simply "cyriak", is an animator from the U.K. who makes videos which are both incredibly beautiful and bizarre. Harris first gained exposure for his imaginative gif animations on the b3ta message boards, which soon drew a cult following.

He and his works have been featured in various other media, such as Adult Swim and the BBC Southeast Today.

His YouTube channel—which he primarily produces his stuff from—can be found here. His regular music profile can be found here. He has also designed several maps for Doom, including a well-received megawad named Going Down.

He now has a novel out, called Horse destroys the universe.


Tropes to apply to Cyriak's works:

  • Acid-Trip Dimension: Most of the worlds depicted in his videos.
  • Alien Geometries: In "cyriak's animation mix" a cow is walking on two parallel planes at once, front legs on lower one and hind on upper one, while said planes are moving in the opposite to each other directions.
  • All Just a Dream: The end of "Breakfast" has the video fade out to Richard Massingham sleeping on a bed in the middle of the road, the black car from the dream then drives into Richard and his bed, which is cut off by the, "Cyriak 2019" screen.
  • Aliens Steal Cattle: In MOO! It goes horribly wrong.
  • Animalistic Abomination: In a world where everything is an eldritch entity terminally high on acid, most animals are just almagations of their smaller equivalents shaped into what they should be, or sometimes into another animal.
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  • Anthropomorphic Food: "Festive Greetings from Cyriak" features a parsnip that looks like an obese woman's hips and legs. Worse, it's pumping out parsnip larvae!!!
  • Apocalypse How: Slam-dunking the moon into a spaceship drilling into Earth isn't exactly the best way to stop an alien invasion.
  • Body Horror: DEAR LORD. Almost every video will have some form of this.
    • Indigestion has this as the entire point, as the camera travels through fleshy tunnel full of teeth, sphincters made of tongues, and crablike creatures with human fingers for legs.
  • Bookends: "cyriak's animation mix" begins and ends with the same, short, looped-animation sequence.
  • Britain: British figures often show up in his animations, such as HM The Queen and Patrick Stewart.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Cyriak often has this expression in the videos where he appears.
  • Cute Is Evil:
    • "Meow Mix" features cats meowing menacingly in Hell.
    • "MEOW" is a gory, ultra-violent video about zombie cats taking over a city.
  • Dem Bones: RIP, his 2018 Halloween video, has skeletons. Lots and lots of skeletons.
  • Deranged Animation: Cyriak's animation style is instantly recognizable for this very reason.
  • Driven to Suicide: All of the surviving cats in "MEOW" kill themselves after realizing that the zombie cats can't be stopped.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: His earliest videos, like "One Million Years BC" and "star wars out-take" are far more normal, making them "weird" compared to the rest.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Everything.
  • Eldritch Location: Everywhere.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: His video "Chimpnology" appears to be based on the "Infinite Monkey Theorem", with a room full of chimps chugging away on typewriters who create a Humongous Mecha that devours half the room.
  • Everything's Better with Cows: And cows. And cows.
  • Explosive Breeder: 7 billion has this in spades; it starts out with a single rabbit that splits into two, then they begin spawning more and more rabbits through splitting, budding, "birthing" from their backs and other surreal methods, which leads to thousands of rabbits swamping the fields. With many rabbits still spawning on the ground, a fluffle assembles in the shape of a giant bipedal rabbit which also spawns more of itself, which in turn repeat the process over and over again throughout the night. Come the next day there is a titanic bipedal rabbit composed of giant bipedal rabbits. And it spawns more of itself. In the end, these titan rabbits form a colossal regular rabbit composed of countless rabbits that hops offscreen.Trivia 
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: Almost omnipresent in his works, especially the creatures in "Something," which look like 1950s people with excess eyes and mouths.
  • Frivolous Lawsuit: "Because" ran into legal issues on YouTube for a time to see if Cyriak had the rights to use a photo in the video. The photo in question? A picture of his own face.
  • Gorn: "The Spirit of Christmas" features it courtesy of an utterly monstrous Santa, and "MEOW" features it with utterly adorable zombie cats.
  • Humongous Mecha: In the form of a bipedal cow made from the shards of buildings and built by another building that was converted into a giant speaker by the udders of a giant, mutant cow. Yeah.
  • Killer Robot: "Chimpnology" features a giant chimpanzee made of typewriters, which eventually goes berserk and starts eating the normal chimpanzees working on it.
    • The cows in "MOO" build one out of skyscraper debris to fight off their alien would-be captors.
  • Lighter and Softer:
    • Cyriak made a playlist of all his videos that are, as he put it, "safe(ish) for small children".
    • While he always retains his highly detailed image-manipulation animation style, many of his music videos for various other artists tend to be much less surreal and creepy. His video of "Yellow Bridges" for El Ten Eleven, for instance, focuses solely on leaves and trees, and it becomes gorgeous.
    • While 7 billion still contains adorable bunnies morphing. It's probably the tamest out of all of Cyriak's videos compared to "Moo!" and "Beastenders".
    • RIP, while full of dancing skeletons, seems less horrific than many of his cartoons, perhaps because it feels a bit like The Skeleton Dance.
  • Mickey Mousing: Features a lot in his later works, but especially his music video for "The Existential Threat" by Sparks, in which everything bounces to the music, including paving stones and buildings.
  • Mood Whiplash: Here, in honor of HM The Queen, Cyriak ages her picture from her young self to her old self to her dead self.
  • Narcissist: According to Cyriak himself, "My Territory"'s surreal imagery is meant to symbolize narcissism and self-worship, hence making the titular "territory" out of the human body.
  • No Ending: Played for Laughs in "Because". It simply Smash Cuts during the middle of a continuously-escalating animation and soundtrack to the sole credit screen.
  • The Paranoiac: The protagonist of The Existential Threat lives in constant fear of an ill-defined "existential threat" that is pursuing them and is certainly about to catch them. Of course, in the video, these fears are justified.
  • Reality Is Out to Lunch: Happens often, the most infamous example being in "Malfunction".
  • Reality Warper: The little boy in "Boogie Maths" warps reality with his dancing, causing his body to distort and demonic clones of himself to emerge out of his mouth. Eventually, everyone melts and his head explodes.
  • Recurring Element:
    • Cats and kittens.
    • Cows. And cows and cows.
    • Robots and machinery, particularly in the form of animals.
    • The Queen, as an Eldritch Abomination. Patrick Stewart, as well, often many of him.
    • Spiders, and different creatures looking like spiders.
    • 50s-60s surburbia, starting at 2011 or so.
  • She's Got Legs: All over the place in "My Territory", but not in the way you'd expect.
  • Signature Style: Heavy morphing, weird loops, generous amounts of Body Horror, and just plain all around weirdness.
  • Spiders Are Scary: "Cobwebs" features a bunch of nightmarish spider-like creatures, some of which are made from human body parts.
  • Stupid Statement Dance Mix:
  • Surreal Horror/Surreal Humor
  • Sweet Sheep: Cyriak manages to make a twisted take on this trope. "Baaa" starts out focusing on an adorable little lamb running in a pasture. However, said lamb quickly morphs into bizarre creatures and clones of itself. At least the lamb's cute "baa" at the of the video is sweet to watch.
  • Those Two Guys: In "My territory", there are two "blokes" that appear several times that are the artists behind the music: Grand Popo Football Club.
  • Too Many Mouths: The creatures in "Something" have excess eyes and mouths.


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