I'm playing a game and the following was said:

ふうん。。。あなたには情報を提供しているんですよ? これで見つけられないような役立たずさんには。。。

My confusing comes in with the second sentence. I'm not sure what the bold portion (さんには) is trying to convey. I'm not really sure what the さん part is at all and how it works with the には part. My best guess is that it is really is さのには, but even then what does this actually mean here?

When trying to translate it I think its something like:

Well... Can you provide any information? Because of this, not being able to find it is as if it is useless.

Context: The main villain asked their right hand man how the investigation is going for an item. They responded by saying they have still have not obtained it. Then the main villain says the above

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It's 役立たず-さん, さん as in 田中さん, i.e. Mr (Ms) Useless.


I [= the villain] have provided you with information [for the investigation for the item]. {Maybe I'm providing you fits better.}


[For] Mr Useless who can't find it with this [information the villain has provided]... What's being omitted is not clear, perhaps along the line of 「罰が必要でしょうか」 There needs to be a punishment, I wonder?

If I may judge without context, not simply saying "これで見つけられないような役立たずには" adds the the villain's character more politeness (which, in this case, implies certain kind of deep evilness), intellect, pedanticness, and/or sophistication.

For the former part


I'll try to explain.

(1) From the part "あなたは" it is clear that "あなた" isn't the one who gives the information. A が B に C を提供する = A provides B with C.

(2) I wasn't able to come up with a situation where "-です?" can be a question: ですか? (or more casually, です?) would be a question.

(3) 「提供している」doesn't refer to an action which hasn't taken place. It's either "A have provided" or "A is providing".

If you give more detail about your confusion, I (or somebody) could write an answer more spot-on. But in that case, I think it should be posted as another question.

  • This is actually pretty spot on! He does actually ask if punishments need to be given right after this. I do have a question about the あなたには情報を提供しているんですよ? sentence though. It seems like my translation is a little off. How can you tell if the villain is asking for information or if they are saying they have given information? I read it as they are asking for information since it's a question, where you state they are saying they provided information. Sep 10, 2020 at 6:53
  • @Tylersansan Haha, sometimes wild guesses happen to be true! About the information part, good catch (sorry I missed that), I updated my answer. I hope that helps, but if you need more detail, it'd fit as another question!
    – Yosh
    Sep 11, 2020 at 11:05

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