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"This certifies that you have gathered no less than ten thousand carp. Please spend your time in a manner more beneficial to society. Your achievement is noteworthy for its utter lack of meaning." With heartfelt disapproval, Gallijaux & Joulet
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In a lot of games, there are a lot of players who strive for 100% Completion. In some cases, they do it simply for bragging rights. Others do it in hopes of some big fancy reward. These games reward alright. Their rewards, however, will most definitely feel like a slap in the face.

In moments like this, rather than congratulating you on completing the game in full, the game decides to instead mock you for putting so many hours into beating it 100%, either with an item or a wearable that is only to serve as a symbol of mockery, or text that outright tells you to get a life.

Not all of these examples need to complete the whole game itself. Sometimes, the mockery comes from taking the time to completing a needlessly long sidequest.

Compare Achievement Mockery, for achievements in games that serve as signs of humiliation. and Do Well, but Not Perfect, for games that have moments that require you not to go for a perfect run. Related to A Winner Is You, when you receive a simple "congratulations" as reward and that's all. Not to be confused with Easy-Mode Mockery, which is when the game makes fun of you for playing on the easiest difficulty. Related to Anti Poop-Socking.

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    Action 
  • In Spider-Man 2, you're told by Bruce Campbell that if you collect all the hint tokens, then he'll say something different when you collect them again. Collect every single one, and then go back to them, and what does he have to say? "Something Different".
    • Simply beating the game's predecessor has Peter Parker's last bit of ending narration urging you to go outside and play.

    Action-Adventure 

    Action RPG 
  • Played for Drama in the original Drakengard, where the more you complete of the game, the more psychotic the main character reveals himself to be and the worse the endings that you unlock become.
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    MMORPG 
  • In Final Fantasy XI, one of the things you can do is fishing. Among the quests that you can work on is one that has you fish for ten thousand carp. Do this and you are awarded with a new fishing rod and a certificate of mockery, as shown for the page quote.

    Miscellaneous 
  • Zig-zagged for There Is No Game. Winning gives you the option to forgive the narrator or not. If you choose not to, he says, "Go to hell!", but if you choose to, you don't get insulted, but you do get told to go play a game instead because that was not a game.
  • We Love Katamari: Upon completing the game, the king of the cosmos gives you one more challenge, which is to collect one million roses. After spending a long time and getting a million roses, the King responds by congratulating you and calling your time spent a pointless exercise.

    Platform 
  • Gex: In the first game, there is a secret world which after clearing and then beating Rez, you are given a series of text congratulating you on beating the game 100%... or at least it sounds congratulatory at first until it starts telling you to go outside and find something else to do with your life.

    Roguelike 

    Western RPG 
  • The PS4 version of Undertale crosses this with Achievement Mockery. Most of the trophies already make fun of the trophy system. Even the platinum trophy, which is awarded by getting all the other trophies, is called "Don't You Have Anything Better To Do?"
  • Donwplayed in Dragon Age: Origins, which awards you an achievement named "Easily Sidetracked" for completing almost all of the available side quests before the endgame.

    Wide-Open Sandbox 

    Non Video Game Examples 
  • In a PONY.MOV panel cartoon for Canterlot Garden, Rainbow Dash manages to get the high score in a game that involves her punching a wolf. Upon doing so, the game calls her a "Pathetic loser virgin" and tells her to get a life.
  • In South Park, after Stan and Kyle earn a million points on Guitar Hero, they get the message "CONGRATULATIONS! YOU... ARE... FAGS!"
  • Ross Noble's Unrealtime DVD: getting a perfect score on the trivia quiz takes you to a secret part of the DVD with some bonus footage, but the congratulatory message at the end of the quiz also informs you that "You have way too much free time on your hands".
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