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Howard McBride is a supporting character in The Loud House.

Personality

Howard is cautious and overly dramatic. He is more emotional and high-strung than his husband. Harold frequently needs to calm Howard down when he gets overemotional while watching Clyde grow up, or when he feels overwhelmed by Lincoln's family. Howard also tends to worry about Clyde being safe at all times.

Both Howard and Harold like to visit movie theaters, restaurants, and coffee shops together. They own a car that is spacious enough to fit both dads and all of the Loud children at once. One of Harold's nicknames for Howard is Howie. Howard almost always calls Harold by his pet name, "Hare-Bear". Throughout the entire show, Howard has only ever called Harold by his real name when he is overwhelmed with emotion and needs Harold's help.

Howard can play the saxophone, and knows how to sew clothing. He always keeps a sewing needle and thread in his pocket. He is a cat lover just like Clyde.

Biography

Season 1

S2E01 Howard and Harold having their moment

Howard and Harold under the mistletoe.

Howard is one of Clyde's dads. He is seen or mentioned in ten episodes of the first season. He is first mentioned in "A Tale of Two Tables", in which Clyde does taxes with his parents while Lincoln talks to him. In "Overnight Success", Howard makes his first on-screen appearance. In the episode, he gives Clyde everything he needs for a sleepover with Lincoln. Howard is later mentioned in "Hand-Me-Downer", in which Clyde reveals that his dads own a tandem bicycle and enjoy shopping for antiques. In "The Green House", Clyde tells Mrs. Johnson that his parents use solar panels and try not to burn any fossil fuels.

Howard and Harold are prominently featured in the episode "Attention Deficit". In this episode, it is revealed that Howard was part of a band in college. In "Lincoln Loud: Girl Guru", Clyde says that Howard and Harold call him a great hugger and always compliment his "million-dollar" smile. In "Roughin' It", Howard and Harold stay at a bed-and-breakfast while Clyde camps outside with Lincoln. They do not allow Clyde to leave their sightline, but when they fall asleep, the boys inadvertently fall into a river and end up in a cave. Clyde tells Lincoln that he really misses his dads, so they find their way back to Howard and Harold.

In "The Waiting Game", Howard and Harold make Clyde wear a hazmat suit to Chandler's sewage party. After Clyde falls off the Tunnel of Love ride in "A Fair to Remember", the carnival manager asks "the parents of a soggy boy" (Clyde) to come pick him up. Howard and Harold do not make a physical appearance, but this line indirectly references them. In "April Fools Rules", Clyde tells Lincoln that he and his dads have to keep their cat Cleopawtra in a crate when she gets "feisty".

Howard and Harold's tandem bicycle appears in "Butterfly Effect" without them. Their house and chairs can be seen in "One Flu Over the Loud House".

Season 2

S2E03A Howard McBride worrying about Clyde

Howard worrying about Clyde being safe.

Howard and Harold appear in two of the first three episodes in the second season. They are present in the holiday special "11 Louds a Leapin'" where they are celebrating Christmas with the Loud family and Mr. Grouse. They are the focus of the episode "Baby Steps", in which Clyde thinks his dads are having another baby and Lincoln helps him learn how to be a good big brother. However, it is all a misunderstanding and they were actually getting a new kitten for Clyde. Howard is the one who names her Nepurrtiti.

In "The Whole Picture", it is revealed that Howard and Harold back up all of Clyde's childhood photos with their online cloud storage. Clyde also mentions that he and his dads hold acting sessions every Friday. In "Cheater by the Dozen", Clyde says that he is not allowed to watch R-rated movies, further showing how his dads treat him like a baby. Although the episode takes place mostly at the McBride house and the dads' tandem bicycle is seen, they do not physically show up at all.

S2E09A Howard McBride catching Clyde

Howard saving Clyde from falling overboard.

In "Kick the Bucket List", Howard and Harold surprise Clyde by going on an eight-day vacation in Hawaii. They go on a plane, visit a volcano, go sailing, and swim in the ocean. Throughout the entire trip, Clyde tries to trim down the list of activities he planned to do with Lincoln over spring break. This leaves him distracted, so Howard and Harold have to continually save him from danger he is unaware of: they pull him away from lava when visiting the volcano, catch him when he nearly falls overboard on their sailing trip, and take a fish off of his head when they go swimming.

Other

Howard also appears in the "Turn It Up Loud" music video alongside Luna. He serves dinner at the beginning of the Thanksgiving short "Dinner Party," although only his arms are shown. He and Harold are mentioned in the compilation short "The Many Sides of Clyde McBride." In a 2016 live stream from the Nickelodeon Animation Studio Facebook page, Miguel Puga drew the Dads. They are also drawn by Chris Savino in a live stream from February 2017.

Appearance

The Loud House Howard McBride sleep mask

Howard's sleep mask.

Howard has buck teeth, red hair, a long pointy nose, and an oval-shaped head. He also has bags around his eyes, probably from worrying too much. He wears brown slacks, white sneakers, and a red collared shirt with rolled-up sleeves and four buttons. In "Kick the Bucket List", he is shown to wear a blue sleep mask.

In a live stream from Nickelodeon on February 2017, Chris Savino drew the Dads' original designs. Howard was shown with curly hair and otherwise identical features.

Appearances

Main article: Character appearances
Total episodes: 16

Season 1

Season 2

Trivia

  • The colors and styles of clothing that the Loud and McBride parents wear correspond with each other. Howard and Rita both wear red button-up shirts with collars and rolled-up sleeves.
  • Howard has been featured in posts on the official show Twitter and the official show Instagram. The Facebook page for Nickelodeon Animation Studio has also featured him.
  • Whenever the Loud House social media accounts refer to Howard and Harold as Clyde's dads, "Dads" is capitalized as a proper noun.
  • Many same-sex married couples hyphenate their last names and use both, but the McBrides only use one of theirs. It is unknown if Harold or Howard's family name was McBride before they married.
  • Howard must be left-handed, since he is seen taking notes with his left hand in "Baby Steps".
  • Either Howard or Harold must have been a medical professional at some point, or at least gone through medical school. It is mentioned that they give Lincoln and Clyde their vaccinations in "Attention Deficit", so they must have easy access to medical equipment, and the license to administer that kind of medication.
  • In Lincoln's dream in "One of the Boys", every character's gender is swapped and there is a female version of Clyde. It can be inferred that Girl-Clyde would be the daughter of a lesbian couple (meaning that her two moms are the female versions of Howard and Harold).
  • Howard appears to be the tallest out of all the main and supporting characters.
  • In "11 Louds a Leapin'", Howard's hair is light brown instead of red. It is possible that he dyes his hair red and is a natural brunette (or, assuming that he is a natural redhead, and dyed his hair brown).
  • "Baby Steps" is the first episode where Howard speaks but does not have a crying or freak-out moment. However, he does get worried about Clyde at the end while Harold does not.
  • So far, he is never once referred to as Howard, since his husband Harold always calls him "Howie".
  • His cell phone ringtone is a chorus singing "Hallelujah!"
  • Dub Facts:
    • Howard's Hebrew dubber, Saar Badishi, also voices Flip and Mr. Grouse.
    • Howard is Michael McDonald's second voice role on a Nickelodeon show. He also provided the voice of Robodad, a recurring character on Invader Zim.
    • Since Arabic-speaking countries are notoriously conservative, Howard in the Arabic dub was made into a woman and given a female voice actor.