Note: This isn’t to say that Lulu is Molulu. It’s not to say that Final Fantasy VI and X share a connection. But I think Lulu’s name is an homage to Final Fantasy VI’s NPC.
As a black mage, Lulu deals with the occult. For her dress, Tetsuya Nomura created a much more voodoo inspired design. Her weapons are dolls (as Relm and Strago would have used in Final Fantasy VI). Voodoo dolls.
As we can see, no other Moogle exist in Spira. But that’s OK, her Moogles doll’s name is Mog, the originally named Moogles from Final Fantasy VI. But I think the similarities extend far beyond this.
First, let’s look at the name: Lulu. The Japanese translate to Lulu to Ruru, a female name. There’s another NPC in Final Fantasy VI: Moruru, aka Molulu. Molulu is one of the Moogles who helped Locke defends Terra in the Narshe mines. In fact, Molulu is next to Mog in their party.
We also know that she, along with the along with the other, lives in the Moogle Den in the Narshe Caves. “But this is during World of Balance. During the World of Balance, the Moogle Den is empty. The Moogles were killed off by the enemies. Now think about how Lulu’s Moogle doll is the only evidence of Moogle’s existence. Otherwise, besides Mog, they’re all gone.”
How did Mog not die in a constant onslaught of the random encounter? He had the Moogle charm, otherwise known as Molulu’s Charm. “Molulu’s charm is a unique relic found in the Narshe Mines in the World of Ruin. It can be equipped by Mog and prevents random encounters.” This is the charm. Molulu had it because, as the weakest of the Moogle she needed to escape random encounter.
But for whatever, possibly due to love, Molulu sacrifice her chance to live so that Mog could survive. This relic is in the shape of a Crystal Ball, a tool of the occult, circling back to Lulu again.
Lulu is an Arabic word meaning “pearl”. It is also the diminutive or vernacular form of the female name Louisa, Louise or Lucy, or of their variant forms. Lulu is also of Swahili, Tanzanian and Hawaiian origin, and it means the “precious”, “pearl”, “calm”, “peaceful”, and “protected”.
Notice too Molulu’s relic protected Mog. Maybe Molulu’s relic was a pearl?
Mog, overcome by grief and possibly survivor’s guilt, stares at this relic. This is all Mog has to remember Molulu. Similarly, all the people of Spira have to remember Moogles by is Lulu’s doll, which we recognize as Mog.
Obviously, homages happen throughout the series. But I just noticed an interesting parallel. 😊