Ahem, back in G4, we had a small boi Spike, but since he is small, and not a pony, also a male damsel who gets rescued often especially by any of Mane 6, only saved others once all because that S3 AJ's faking moment went fail, but before that happens, AJ saved him first, which caused his dragon code pride he made up to activate.
The rest… he's always the one been rescued. Still, it does not make him less of a character because that what Spike is.
Still in G4, stallions aren't always being rescued or being the rescuer, same equally as mares.
According to Hitch, we might see the different light for a main male since he is a full grown pony.