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You've gotta stop saving my rump like this. It's starting to get embarrassing.
~ Shining Armor to Twilight Sparkle

Male Damsel (also known as the Distressed Dude) is a male character who gets captured or kidnapped by villains or lands in dangerous situations and needs to be rescued by the other protagonists.

Being a Male Damsel usually involves these occurrences:

  • The hero lands in a dangerous situation that the heroine or another character has to help him out of that raises the stakes (Finn, Eggs, Raymond Ray Wincott)
  • The hero constantly lands in trouble and must be saved (Ricky Ricotta)
  • The hero lands in a perilous circumstance and must save himself
  • The hero is possessed or brainwashed by the villain