|I will create a worldly paradise in this land. A place of peace and prosperity. An ideal country for those who live in suffering... Perhaps the work will not be finished in my generation. But I will be the one to take that first bold step.|
Although initially timid, weak and always hiding behind Ragnar, Canute begins to stick up for himself as Thorfinn constantly puts him down. Wanting revenge on his father for being secretly marked for death, Canute develops a more commanding and demanding personality. This was brought out by Askeladd's assassination of Ragnar, whom he wanted to eliminate as he was standing in the way of Canute's emotional maturity.
Later on, he became a ruthless and manipulative character who doesn't hesitate to get rid of anyone getting into his way of building a paradise on Earth. He also grows extremely paranoid and constantly haunted by the ghost of his late sire and father.
A decent fighter later in the series Canute is better known as a cunning and charismatic general.