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Taj the Genie
Taj the Genie's artwork from Diddy Kong Racing.
First Game Diddy Kong Racing (1997)
Appearances Diddy Kong Racing
Donkey Kong Racing (cancelled)
Diddy Kong Racing DS
Gender Male
Homeland Timber's Island
Race Elephant

Taj the Genie is a blue elephant genie who resides on Timber's Island and has the ability to do magic such as teleport.


Diddy Kong Racing/DS

Taj first appears in Diddy Kong Racing as an ally to Timber and his friends to kick Wizpig off Timber's Island and free the control of Tricky, Bluey, Bubbler, and Smokey. In this game, Taj challenges the player to a vehicle race one at a time. First, he does the car, then the hovercraft, and finally the plane. He can also change the player's vehicle of his/her choice. He also gives the player a Golden Balloon when completing a race or a T.T. Amulet when completing a certain challenge.

Taj reappears in the DS remake where he remains the same, but with a few differences; he no longer hums along with the theme song and he doesn't ask the player if he can help him/her further after choosing something, meaning he only does one thing at a time. Taj is also an unlockable character in this game who can be unlocked by completing Adventure Mode for the first time. He also has two new challenges; one where the player has to blow out all the blowtorches on the island, and another where he/she must collect ten Taj Tokens before Taj does himself.

Donkey Kong Racing

Taj was going to appear in the cancelled sequel to Diddy Kong Racing, Donkey Kong Racing as he was racing Donkey Kong in a forest-like area on a Zingers and was racing Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong on Rambis in the beginning of the trailer. He also was considerably going to be a playable character in the game.



  • Taj can be heard singing in the background in Diddy Kong Racing when near him, singing along with the theme song of Timber's Island. This was removed in Diddy Kong Racing DS.
  • Taj's name appears on the Tetris Attack high score board. It is unknown if this is the current Taj or a different one.
  • When the player plays as Taj in Diddy Kong Racing DS and talks to the other Taj, he says he must be going crazy by talking to himself.
  • Taj's name is derived from the Taj Mahal.