The Drama Machine is a rusty, worn-out robot owned by the television program Celebrity Manhunt, and later, Chris. Its first appearance is in the Total Drama Action special. In Total Drama World Tour, a new Drama Machine is introduced, apparently owned by Chris. It is significantly larger than the first one and has a different look to it, though the original Drama Machine appears after the end credits of Hawaiian Punch. It's next appearance was in Bigger! Badder! Brutal-er! when the original cast was shown on the boat passing the island. Though not stated in the episode, it was obvious that Alejandro was still inside it, as the robot was holding Heather in it's arms, to her annoyance. It's final appearance so far was in Heroes vs. Villains, Alejandro, who was still inside, served as an assistant for Chris for most of the episode until he was freed by sharks. The Drama Machine was destroyed after it exploded underwater, though it was poorly rebuilt and used during the challenge in Sundae Muddy Sundae.
The Drama Machine is first seen as a feature of the gossip network, Celebrity Manhunt, in Celebrity Manhunt's Total Drama Action Reunion Special. During the episode, Josh and Blaineley, the co-hosts of Celebrity Manhunt, continuously ask the Drama Machine for an opinion on certain events relating to the show or its contestants. However, an old janitor is working on rebuilding the machine, and states that the machine is still "busted". At the end of the episode, once the Drama Machine is supposedly fixed, Blaineley asks it what it thinks of the new season of Total Drama. At first the machine gives it a high drama rating, but then explodes, burning the janitor partially, which makes Josh and Blaineley laugh. After Josh signs off the show, the screen cuts to a "Technical Difficulties - Please Stand By" image, which is a black-and-white shot of the Drama Machine strangling Blaineley with one of its claws while Josh, who is off to the side, looks scared due to the machine's actions.
In Aftermath: Bridgette Over Troubled Water, it is revealed that Chris has his own Drama Machine, which is drastically different and larger than the first one, having a different head, a pair of legs, instead of wheels, hardly any visible scratches or rust stains, and actual working eye-shaped balls with small red pupils. Blaineley reveals that Chris sent it to look for Duncan after he went missing, and then shows a clip of the new Drama Machine walking through the streets of a quiet town in the dead of night, repeating Duncan's name. It then looks through the window of a nearby house and frightens a sleeping girl and her pet cat by smashing its claw through the roof of the house.
The original Drama Machine is seen once again after the end credits of Hawaiian Punch; Alejandro is trampled by the entire cast and then covered in lava to the point where he is left horribly disfigured and mangled. He is then placed in the body of the Drama Machine.
In Bigger! Badder! Brutal-er!, Alejandro is still inside the Drama Machine, as he has yet to recover from his injury. He is seen on a yacht with the other veteran contestants, holding Heather in his robotic arms.
In Heroes vs. Villains, Alejandro, in the Drama Machine is seen on the Dock of Shame with Chris as he introduces the returning contestants. After Chef Hatchet drops Ezekiel from the helicopter, the Drama Machine fires a plunger to retrieve Ezekiel before he lands in the water, then fires him away. After the teams are established, Jo complains that the Villainous Vultures have six members against the Heroic Hamsters seven, prompting Chris to send Alejandro, in hid robotic state, over to the Villains' side. During the challenge, Scott refuses to jump into lake due to his fear of Fang. When Lightning pulls Scott of the rock he was holding on to, they accidentally bump the robot to the edge of the cliff, which then falls into the lake. When the Drama Machine lands at the bottom of the lake, the sharks and Fang attack the robot; however, the robot explodes in a surge of energy, freeing a bearded and shaggy Alejandro, scaring and surprising everyone, especially Heather.
The Drama Machine is revealed to have been rebuilt by the time of Sundae Muddy Sundae, though it appears to be very poorly held together, nearly falling apart, and on "auto pilot". The Machine is used as part of the challenge and is now equipped with a hammer to attack the contestants, by smashing their sundaes in order to prevent them from getting the peanuts in the main lodge. Mal tricks the robot into attacking Gwen in order to distract it from attacking him. It later attacks Courtney while Zoey grabs some peanuts. It is last seen attacking Scott, smashing him and his sundae with its hammer.
- Total Drama Island is currently the only season to not feature the Drama Machine.