Clyde McBride is one of the main characters from the Nickelodeon animated series The Loud House. He is a nerdy, intelligent 11-year-old African-American boy who is the adopted only child of same-gender couple Howard and Harold McBride. Clyde is Lincoln Loud's best friend and shares a lot of the same interests as him, such as comic books, video games, and science fiction movies. Together, he and Lincoln often refer to themselves collectively as "Clincoln McCloud". In the show's first three seasons, Clyde also harbored an unrequited crush on Lincoln's oldest sister, Lori, to the point that he often acted like a malfunctioning robot or fainted around her, and also detested her actual boyfriend, Bobby Santiago; this running gag came to an end in the fourth season.
Appearances in Christmas specials
In the show's first Christmas episode, "11 Louds a Leapin'", Clyde is first seen attaching a sprig of mistletoe to his winter hat, obviously intending to get a kiss from Lori. Just then, he receives a call from Lincoln, who has just lost his Fearsome Flyer 8000 sled in Mr. Grouse's yard, and needs Clyde's help in retrieving it. As part of Lincoln's plan, Clyde attempts to sing Christmas carols to Mr. Grouse to distract him, but he fails to prevent the old man from taking Lincoln's sled. Then, when Lincoln sees that Mr. Grouse is going out for a few minutes, he gets Clyde to provide lookout while he sneaks into Mr. Grouse's house to get the sled. Unfortunately, Clyde accidentally steps on a catapult that Lana had set up to catch one of Santa Claus' reindeer and ends up flying halfway across town, breaking his mistletoe in the process. Later that evening, after Lincoln finds out why Mr. Grouse is so grouchy around Christmas, Clyde and his dads accompany the Louds in giving the old man a bus card so that he can see his family tomorrow, and spending the evening with him in the meantime. During the festivities, Clyde finally does get the mistletoe kiss from Lori that he wanted, and faints as a result.
Clyde has a much smaller amount of screentime in the show's next Christmas episode, "Season's Cheatings". After having managed to convince Luna to buy him the Rip Hardcore backpack he wants for Christmas, Lincoln calls up Clyde, who is busy working on a gingerbread house, to tell him the good news. Clyde congratulates his buddy and then asks him who he's giving a present to. This causes Lincoln to realize that he has forgotten to buy a gift for his designated sister in the family's gift-swap - Lola.
Clyde also briefly appears at the beginning of the following episode, "A Flipmas Carol". There, he is shown accompanying one of his dads, Howard, as he buys some inflatable lawn decorations that are supposedly on sale at Flip's Food & Fuel. Although this is the only scene where Clyde appears as himself, the episode later has him and Lincoln appearing as the two Ghosts of Christmas Present, who show Flip how much his greed has ruined Christmas for all of his customers.