Gender is significant in the breeding of Pokemon; hidden abilities can only be passed on by females.
That's not true anymore, males can pass them down aswell now (at a lower rate)
Also I loved the torchic, I've maxed that thing out, and sweeped a bunch of people on the online battle mode; it's got some serios coverage with Shadow claw, Blaze kick, Double kick, and Brave bird I didn't even know it could learn that until now. Not to mention speed boost, that thing is a beast.
My Torchic is currently collecting dust in the box. It's nature is bunk and it's male, so I don't have too much use for it. Even so, it's a boss. A close friend of mine, has an adamant nature Blaziken and it's attack is ridiculous, especially when it's mega (attack was easily into the 400's). The speed boost ability is the cherry on top of the OP sandwich. It's a great thing
Because of it, I was able to defeat all gyms and the elite four in a day. Crazy! I think it is really powerful, also because it is traded pokemon it levels up really fast, I have mine at lvl 100. Yeah, it's a really great pokemon.