The robot from Fritz Lang's classic silent film, Metropolis , was created by a mad scientist character named Rotwang . is called by various names. In the novel by Thea Von Harbou, it is called Futura or Parody. In the film, it is called the Machine Man. The robot can transform to look like a person, and replicate the personality of that individual, as it does with the character Maria when Rotwang transforms it. It can seem convincingly human when in the guise. It doesn't seem stronger or have greater abilities than a normal human when in the guise. It is eventually destroyed in a bonfire.