False Maria, Metropolis (1927)
The ''grandmother of them all,'' as del Toro puts it. Considered one of cinema's very first androids, the curvy industrialized siren was created by Walter Schulze-Mittendorff for Fritz Lang's silent sci-fi masterpiece. ''The design fuses the majesty of an Egyptian statue with the beauty of futuristic art-deco lines,'' he says. ''It is hypnotically beautiful and terrifying. One of the great film icons of all time.''