When Lucca was a child, Lara wanted to dust one of Taban's inventions despite him telling her to stay away from it. However, her skirt gets stuck in the machine's conveyor belt and can't pull it out. The machine then activates and the conveyor belt starts pulling Lara into the machine. Lara tells Lucca to input the password to stop the machine, but Lucca does not know it. As a result, Lara loses her legs due to Taban's invention.
In the many endings of Chrono Trigger, he makes a guest appearance. During the Moonlight Parade, he can be seen drinking "Soda" on the ledge of the fountain in Leene Square. If Lara's Legs are restored, she begs him to dance with her. If not, she sits on the ledge of the fountain while he stands. Additionally, in another scene, Taban strikes the Sun Stone with his mallet to produce fireworks, while King Guardia XXXIII hangs the Nadia's Bell.
Because Taban's name is an anagram of "Banta", and the two are both handymen, it is suggested that they are distant relatives.