|First appearance||Mario is Missing! (1992)|
The Caryatid is an item in the SNES, DOS, and Deluxe versions of Mario is Missing!. Caryatids are large statues that serve as replacements for traditional structural columns, with this one in particular belonging to the Erechtheion Temple. It gets taken by a group of Koopa Troopas within Athens, causing the Erechteion to shut down. Luigi then takes it for himself while he is in the city, and he shows it to random other people in the hopes that one of them recognizes it; all of them know where it belongs and provide extra trivia about the caryatids, such as how they have stood for 2000 years (actually around 2400 years). He is awarded $1650 for returning the Caryatid through the Erechteion's information booth.
- Boy: "Superwoman has nothing on her. Six of those hold up the Erechtheion's roof."
- Tourist: "A Caryatid. It should be called a carry-a-roof cause that's what they do. I can't even carry a tune."
- Reporter: "She'll want to go back to the Porch of the Erechtheion. Five of her sisters await her."
- Scientist: "The Caryatid is losing face from acid rain. But 2000 years outside might well explain."
- Policewoman: "The missing Caryatid! Carry her back to the Erechtheion. Her full support is needed."
- Langmea, Donald, and Christine Garnaut. "Erechtheion." Encyclopedia of Architectural and Engineering Feats, illustrated ed., ABC-CLIO, 2001, pp. 110–111. Google Books, books.google.ca/books?id=T5J6GKvGbmMC. Retrieved February 8, 2018.