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What is the male version of DAMSEL?

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What is the male version of DAMSEL?

What is the male version of damsel in distress?  In one possible path in my game, the main character is captured and the girls in the party went out to rescue him.  One of them makes a comment about the situation.

I looked it up in a thesaurus but got nothing.  Maybe there is no such word in english and I have to make it up.  Before I do that though I want to make sure that there is no english word for a male verion of damsel.

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as in stereotype? 

either a bard with a meaningful relation with such ladies (make him weak and possibly vowed not to physically fight to make it sound realistic but you might clichee it a bit you over-do it)

or...

guy that got himself in trouble then kidnapped and the ladies only rescue him because he is an important part of the plot... (not as clichee but it lacks some common sense unless you know how to deal with character sub-plots)


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The main character and most of the party members came from a nation that is dominated by women politically and socially.  Mainly because of a bio war in the past that damaged their genes resulting of nine out of twelve  males dying in the womb.  Giving the women greater political power than the men even though most of the men are physically stronger than the women.  To make matter worse for the main character, he is the sole survivor of an important noble family.  Making him the head of his family.  His attempt in rebuilding his family power is part of the plot (A minor one, considering what else is going on, then again it might not.)  Several leaders of the branch families are trying to get rid of him.  So does some other factions that knows the family's true role in the empire.

The game has several possible paths and endings.  In one path he is kidnapped after taking out several enemies (it's an unwinnable battle but how long the main character lasts effects how the female members of the party see him).  One girl will comment that they have a damsel in distress to rescue after they found the aftermath of the battle (she didn't use the word 'damsel').  That is of course if the main character haven't been killed (there is a chance that he will die depending on  past choices, in which case the main character will switch to one of the girls).

What I want to know is what word to use to replace the word damsel (he is a man after all).

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This is either known as the "don in distress", the "duke in distress" or the internet's slanged version, a Dudemar.

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considering he is of noble birth Don or Duke as S33ker pointed out work fine... you might also consider gentleman in distress, or simply guy in distress (if he doesnt get THAT much along with everyone else)


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Almost a year late, I know I shouldn't revive such an old thread, but I can't resist: male version of "damsel" is "RAV"

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Actually I've gone with GENTLEMAN since sir doesn't sound or feel right.  I mean knighted women are called DAME and men SIR, but 'sir in distress' seems wrong somehow.

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Gentleman sounds good.  What about "mister"?  Nah, "mister in distress" sounds even wonkier than "sir in distress" :-D

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