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 get Howard to relax 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 plays saxophone and knows how to sew clothes. He always has a sewing needle and a thread in his pocket. He is a cat lover just like Clyde.
Howard is one of Clyde's dads, and 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 alongside Harold make their 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.
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.
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.
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. Near the end of the episode, he and Harold go out for a bit. Howard tells Clyde that he and Harold'll be back in an hour and if he's alright taking care of the kittens. Clyde reassures him and tells him he has the 3 C's: Caring, Confidence and Cat Treats. But, of course; the cats scratch Clyde. A scratched up Clyde tells both Harold and Howard: "Guess I should've spelled that."
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.
In "ARGGH! You for Real?", he and Harold become worried about Clyde throwing all his stuff and call Lincoln to help them. As usual, the emotional Howard worries a lot and becomes sad when he feels that Clyde no longer believes in fantasy stories, considering them all meaningless frottles. He can not stand the idea of seeing his son Clyde who growing too fast, not feeling like a little kid.
In "Health Kicked", he and Harold compete in the Royal Woods Ultra Extreme Ninja Competition. They are also seen pulling their car with ropes.
In "Yes Man", he is seen in a photo when Lincoln talks to Clyde, Liam, and Zach on his laptop.
In "Tricked!", he is mentioned by Clyde, that if Clyde brings candy home, his dads will lock up the candy, and only bring out one small piece at a time.
In "Snow Way Down", Lincoln discovers how overprotective Harold and Howard are. It's also revealed in this episode that Howard does not go to the gym when he says he does, he goes to the doughnut shop.
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. He and Harold were mentioned by Lincoln in an animated Facebook Live video in October 2017, when he talks to Clyde and says "Say hi to your dads for me!"
Howard has buck teeth, kinda dark reddish hair, a long pointy nose, and an oval shaped like 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.