|Taj the Genie|
Taj's artwork from Diddy Kong Racing.
|Game(s)|| Diddy Kong Racing|
Donkey Kong Racing (cancelled)
Diddy Kong Racing DS
|First appearance||Diddy Kong Racing (1997)|
|Latest appearance||Diddy Kong Racing DS (2007)|
Taj the Genie is a blue Indian elephant genie who first appeared in Diddy Kong Racing and later in Diddy Kong Racing DS, the game's remake. He resides on Timber's Island as that is his homeland. He speaks with an Indian accent in the original Diddy Kong Racing and talks more often than in the DS remake where he is given an British accent. His name comes from the Taj Mahal, a famous landmark in India.
Taj mainly helps out the player by his challenges where the player learns to ride on the car, plane, and the hovercraft. In the DS remake, the Taj Tokens challenge appeared and the blow out torches challenge also appeared. He also changes the player's vehicle on which one they desire to change. In the DS remake, he also opens the Wishes Menu if the player requests it.
Taj also appears as an unlockable character in Diddy Kong Racing DS where he can be unlocked by completing the first Adventure Mode. He has high speed, but horrible handling and acceleration. He shares these stats with Wizpig, the antagonist and an unlockable character in the game.
Taj was going to be a playable character in the cancelled game Donkey Kong Racing as he can be seen racing on a small red Rambi against Donkey and Diddy on regular sized Rambi and a giant Rambi respectively. He is also seen racing Donkey Kong on Zingers in a forest area. He also appears at the end of the trailer riding on a Zinger past the possible slogan saying "LET'S RIDE".
- When the playable Taj talks to the other Taj in Diddy Kong Racing DS, Taj says that he must be going crazy as he is talking to himself.
|Characters in Diddy Kong Racing (DS)|
|Diddy Kong · Krunch · Drumstick · Bumper · Banjo (64) · Conker (64) · Tiptup · T.T. · Pipsy · Timber · Tiny Kong (DS) · Dixie Kong (DS) · Taj (DS) · Wizpig (DS)|
|Tricky · Bluey · Bubbler · Smokey · Wizpig|
|Timber's Parents · Taj|