Originally Posted by Iralius
As I've said, I think it makes sense.
You're looking at Viktor as if he is still human beneath his hextech augments - he's not. He's favoring logic and reason over morality and emotion. Logic and reason would dictate that he take the designs which he needs if they already exist. Morality and emotion would dictate that he would not do this because it had been done to him in the past.
As rabid fans -should- know, Viktor eliminated morality and emotion when he became the Machine Herald.
His act is only villainous if you look at it through the eyes of a human. Through the eyes of a machine... well, villainy doesn't compute.
Through the eyes of a machine he's acting stupid and illogical.
Angering a fleshling who has the support of other fleshlings stalls, rather than hastens, the Glorious Revolution. Trading designs for bad reputation does not beget the change Viktor desires. As it is, Viktor has few supporters lore-wise. Logic would dictate that he attempt to improve his reputation so that some of his more extreme schemes would not be met with such hostility. Pacifying/sympathizing the masses - the cornerstone of any good movement.
While Viktor is by no means a shining paragon - quite the contrary, he will "shoot the dog", so to speak, to get what he wants - he is also by no means stupid
, as Jayce's lore makes him out to be. The Machine Herald understands that while he can do the revolution without the support of all organics, at least a few must back him up for him to succeed.