Cad Ali Cad is a minor character and antagonist of the Transitional Era.
During his life, Prince Cad Ali Cad was the son of an unnamed Proto-Elamite ruler who ruled at possibly around 3000 BC. In life, he remembers having raised chariot horses near Itsa Faka.
He was turned into dust when he refused to marry the daughter of King Nevvawaza.
A certain Scientist, looking to control the world, abducts Donald and his nephews to use as helpers, in order to dig the palace of Itsa Faka, in Persia. After excavating the palace, the scientist finds a royal bathtub and the dust of the members of a royal family. With some chemical reactions, he manages to revive the king and his daughter. They were turned to dust because the prince had denied to marry the daughter.
The king initially mistakes Donald for Cad Ali Cad. Huey, Dewey and Louie try to free him with little result. In order to fix the problem, Huey, Dewey and Louie revive the real prince. Cad tries to escape, but bumps into Donald. As they are doppelgangers and they wear the same clothes, no one can distinguish them. The king has both of them arrested.
Huey, Dewey and Louie try to help Donald escape but the prince deceives them into believing that he is Donald. Many hours later, the kids realise their mistake. They head back for Itsa Faka. Meanwhile, the mad scientist tries to find how the ancients dried themselves. He wants to conquer the world with this.
However, a sandstorm covers the city of Itsa Faka before the nephews are able to find it. Donald is about to get married, when the mad scientist intervenes. He has found the secret substance that turns people to dust. Donald attacks him and the seal, where the vapor was, breaks.
The king, his daughter, his retinue and the scientist turn into dust. Ali, startled by a jeep of the Iranian army, wants to return to the palace. Huey, Dewey and Louie follow him only to see him turned into dust. They wait outside, anxious about their uncle.
Donald has hidden inside the royal bathtub, so the vapor does not touch him, and he survives.
- "Cad Ali Cad" is based on the Arabic name "Ali" and the repeat of "Cad" which stands for "ruffian" in English.
- The similarity between Donald and the Prince bring up tropes such as the clone one, as well as the Prince and the Pauper one.