(1925) Yes, as far back as the films' silent era, evil doers of both henchman,
evil scientist, and overlord stature's were getting the shaft. Take,
for example, the masterpiece of early sci-fi, Metropolis.
The master of the city orders the mad scientist Rotwang (sounds like a
personal problem, Rotwang) to capture the peoples' spiritual leader, the
delightful young babe and storyteller Maria. He wishes to copy her
look to the amazing automoton that he has created in order to deceive the
people of Metropolis. Maria's captured CUT she's chased and
taunted CUT she's naked in a Flash Gordon-esque tube for the experiment
"False Maria" robot dances the funky chicken in pasties and little else.
Wait... Maria volunteered to get into the evil scientist's experimento-tube
naked and unguarded..?!? What a gal!!!
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