Taj as he appears in Diddy Kong Racing.

Taj the Genie is a fictional character in Nintendo's Donkey Kong franchise. He is a large elephant with magical abilities who is respected by all.

Character history Edit

During the events of the game Diddy Kong Racing, Taj helps Diddy Kong and his pals in their quest to kick the evil Wizpig off of Timber's Island. In the game players can race Taj up to three times, if beaten Taj will award his opponent with a Golden Balloon. Taj can also change the vehicle being used currently for a different one.

It is unknown if Taj was going to appear in Diddy Kong Racing's cancelled Game Boy Advance sequel, Diddy Kong Pilot. It is most likely he was though due to his large role in Diddy Kong Racing.

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Taj in Donkey Kong Racing.

Taj was to make a reappearance in now apparently canceled Gamecube game Donkey Kong Racing. Here, he was apparently going to be a playable character as he was seen participating in races along with other characters such as Tiny Kong and Donkey Kong.

In the original Diddy Kong Racing, he has an Indian accent, and speaks a lot more often. When the player summons his attention, he always says "Hello, friend" and asks what the player would like to do. In the Nintendo DS remake, he speaks a lot less (he says nothing during the victory cutscene for each track and doesn't appear at all for the Wish Races) and what he says when the player summons his attention changes all of the time. Once the player selects something for him to do, he disappears without asking if he can help you further.

Trivia Edit

  • The first ever Mario series use of the name "Taj" actually appeared on Tetris Attack's high score board.
  • A taj (from the Arabic word for "crown") is a brimless hat worn by people from Muslim countries.
  • In Diddy Kong Racing DS, play as Taj, and talk to the Taj at the tent. The Taj at the tent nearly breaks the fourth wall by saying that he must be going crazy.