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Maria - Metropolis

It's hard to find many, or any, robot depictions in cinema dating back to 1920's, especially ones that don't look completely cheesy by today's standards. Maria, from Metropolis is a classic exception. Sure, she looks a bit dated, but not much more so than C-3PO, which was modeled off her design. As far as plot goes, Maria was a seductive form of the blank-slate machine-man created by mad scientist Rotwang in an attempt to destroy the titular city.