Howard McBride is a supporting character in The Loud House.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.